Just one child was involved in an accidental shooting in Wyoming during a 2 ½ year span, an Associated Press review found.
The AP and the USA TODAY Network analyzed the circumstances of every death and injury across the nation from accidental shootings involving children ages 17 and younger from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 30 of this year — more than 1,000 incidents in all. Using information collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group, news reports and public sources, the media outlets found the deaths and injuries are happening at a pace that far exceeds the scope revealed by limited federal statistics.
Examining the issue state by state, Alaska and states in the Deep South rank far above the national per capita rate of just over three shootings per million people. Here’s a look at the Wyoming case:
SHOT IN THE FOOT
A 4-year-old boy shot himself in the foot with a .38-caliber handgun on June 30, 2015 while staying at a relative’s home in Cheyenne.
The Laramie County sheriff’s office said the family was outside and allowed the boy to go into the home by himself to use the bathroom. He apparently found a gun and pulled the trigger.
The incident prompted the sheriff’s office to warn gun owners to lock up their firearms while in the presence of children.