Man Shoots Himself In The Foot, Bullet Penetrates Floor And Hits Sleeping Child

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A nine-year-old boy from San Jose, California, is being treated in hospital after he was hit by a bullet fired from the apartment above his bed.

The boy was sleeping when at 5:45am a neighbour upstairs discharged a round from a high powered assault rifle, hitting himself in the foot before penetrating the floor and hitting the child.

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Eric Smith has been identified by police as the gunman responsible and has been placed in Santa Clara County Jail for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Police are investigating whether or not the rifle was legally owned, and if the incident truly was a bizarre accident.

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A friend of the family revealed the boy’s mother was awoken by the sound of her youngest of three children wailing in agony.

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A stunned neighbour has been quoted as saying:

This is amazing. I can’t believe it happened. It’s really hard. I have kids, too,”

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Both man and boy sustained ‘serious’ injuries, but neither are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Time to add another tale to to the ‘if only America had stricter gun laws’ pile.


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