[UPDATE] Authorities: 13-year-old Georgia Girl Shot by Brother

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 12-10-2010
Albany, GA (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old Albany boy who
shot his sister to death in the family's home will not be charged
in the incident.

Greg Blackmon with the Dougherty County District Attorney's
office says the shooting of Lejuawlard Lunsford likely will be
ruled accidental. Blackmon said Thomas Lunsford, who is mentally
disabled, was playing with a rifle Tuesday and shot his sister in
the neck.

Blackmon says the rifle had a safety but it wasn't installed
properly. He said the parents were at work at the time of the
shooting but two other teen relatives were in the house.

Blackmon said the parents also will not be charged. No one else
was injured in the shooting.


Albany, GA (AP) - - Authorities in Albany say they are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl by her 15-year-old brother at the family's home.

Dougherty County Coroner Emma Quimbley says Lejuawlard Lunsford
died Tuesday night, likely from a gunshot wound to the neck.
Quimbley said the teen was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Albany Herald reports that Greg Blackmon with the Dougherty
County District Attorney's office says the girl's brother, Thomas
Lunsford, accidentally shot his sister with a rifle that was in the

Police are not releasing details of the shooting, referring all
calls to the district attorney's office. Officials with the
Dougherty County District Attorney's office have not returned calls
from The Associated Press.

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  • by Hailey Location: FSU on Dec 13, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    This is so sad. I agree that if you have children GUNS should be LOCKED up. Why take the chance when you can just be safe and put them away!!!!! My father has a gun and has taught me and my brother how to operate it safely but when we were finished he'd unload it and put in it a safe. Parent's need to be more aware of things like this to avoid such a sad but stupid tragedy!
  • by just wondering Location: tally on Dec 11, 2010 at 09:33 PM
    if the gun is kept under lock and key, i figure you will be dead before you can quietly sneak to the locked up gun, then load it (all probaly in the dark) if an intruder is breaking in. i think gun safety/respect is the answer and you know your own kds well enough to know if you need it locked up or not...just saying
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    I pray that the family makes it through this. The young boy is already mentally disabled and this tragedy is going to tear him apart. Parents should take this as a reminder that even if you teach a child the safety of a product, their curiousity will continue.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    I cant believe no one is going to be charged in this case I mean I understand the child was mentally challenged but thats all the more reason to keep a gun under lock and key my sister has a mental child and she does have guns in her house but the are locked up I dont have any guns but my kids do know about gun safety they also know how to use one this is so sad
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Dec 10, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    The article says the shooter was "mentally disabled". The parents or whoever left the gun where he could get it SHOULD be prosecuted. This is a good example of why guns should be under lock and key when children are around, especially "mentally disabled" ones. I agree, children should be taught about guns and have respect for them. But today's reality is that many children have no respect for life, much less a gun. If you have children around keep the guns where they can NOT get access to them. Just to cover all bases, I am a concealed carry permit holder and very pro-second amendment. But there is a time and place for everything and guns around mentally disabled or even immature children is not it.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Dec 10, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    What a horrible tragedy for this family. Parents need to be accountable for guns in the home, no matter what you tell your children about gun safety, it should be illegal to have them in a home with minor children, without being under lock and key. Especially, in this case with a 15 year old mentally challenged child. These parents will suffer in their minds for the rest of their lives for this tragedy, greater than any court of law could punish them. So sad...
  • by Tom Location: Tally on Dec 10, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    Good job parents, these two aren't even old enough to drive, yet you leave guns laying around for them to play with? The brother should also awful, what an idiot, gee let's point a loaded gun at someone and pull the trigger, what a great idea! Everyone knows what happens when you pull the trigger on a gun. How is that an accident? Gee I was just walking with this loaded gun, accidently pointed it at someone and pulled the trigger, a complete accident!
  • by Pamela Location: Wakulla on Dec 10, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    I agree with Jimmy....You can teach a child gun safety and even show them what a gun will do...but you can never take the chance and leave them out because the kid's friends may not be educated on guns and gun safety....My husband was a Gun Smith and we taught all the kids about gun safety, but we still locked ours in a safe....all kids are curious....Lock them up!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    To me-You are right. I too was raised to respect firearms. They were never kept away from us we were taught what they are for and what they can do. This all boils down to how children are raised. Jimmy, you and all your gun hating friends will be singing a different tune when you need a firearm and don't have one.
  • by Cas Location: Tallahassee on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Guns are not toys and should not be "played" with. This is a tragedy. I hope the authorities do a thorough investigation of the brother. He should probably be sent to juvenile detention.
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