WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware has had six accidental shootings involving children since 2014, almost double the national average.
The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network, which includes The News Journal in Wilmington, gathered the information from the nonpartisan Gun Violence Archive research group, news reports and public sources.
None of the shootings between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30 of this year in Delaware were fatal. They resulted in 6.34 incidents per million people. The national average during that time was 3.39 per million people.
The News Journal reports (http://delonline.us/2eaO3rU ) the cases include a father who accidentally shot his sleeping toddler in Ocean View as he showed his wife his new handgun. In another shooting, a 2-year-old pulled a gun from his father’s dresser drawer in Brandywine Hundred and shot himself.