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August 30, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six people were injured when a gun enthusiast at a trap and skeet range in South El Monte accidentally fired his shotgun in the wrong direction, authorities said Wednesday. Ronald Smith, 43, of La Crescenta, who was tracking a faulty target that broke in two as it was flung from a skeet tower, fired toward the group of spectators Tuesday at the Pachmayr International Shooting Sports Range, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesmen said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1999
Police officers continued their investigation Tuesday into the accidental death of a 2-year-old girl who was shot by her 5-year-old brother after he found a shotgun under their uncle's bed. Detectives will present their report this week to the district attorney's office, which will decide whether to charge the uncle, said West Covina Lt. Mark Dettor. No arrests were made, and the uncle's name was not released.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1994
A 10-year-old Littlerock boy accidentally shot and killed himself Tuesday while playing with a handgun he found in an abandoned car near his mother's trailer, sheriff's deputies said. The 2:15 p.m. shooting occurred in the 37800 block of 90th Street East as the boy played with a .38-caliber gun in the living room of his mother's trailer, said Deputy Britta Tubbs. The boy, whose name was not released, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, Tubbs said.
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July 19, 1999
Authorities were trying to decide Sunday whether to pursue charges against the uncle of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister over the weekend. The boy found a loaded shotgun under his uncle's bed while his family was visiting the man's West Covina home Saturday afternoon, police said. According to authorities, the boy fired the gun at his sister about 4 p.m., striking her in the abdomen. The toddler was taken to Childrens Hospital, where she died.
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May 25, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN and MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writers
The Valencia teen-ager who allegedly shot and killed 13-year-old Gabriel Soto during a one-sided game of Russian roulette had played the dangerous game before with other friends, authorities said Wednesday. The 14-year-old boy also reportedly had bragged on the school bus of pointing his father's gun at his own head and at those of playmates and pulling the trigger, members of Soto's family said they had been told. But whether any adults heard the boasts, or if they merely had not taken them seriously, remained unclear Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1990
A student actress was wounded by gunfire while filming a scene in a cemetery with a loaded gun Friday evening, Burbank police reported. The woman was shot in the chest with a large-caliber pistol in Valhalla Memorial Park in the 10600 block of Victory Boulevard at 5:23 p.m., Lt. Larry Koch said. She was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center, where she was reported in good condition. Her name was not released pending notification of relatives. "Incredible as it may seem . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1990
A 19-year-old Cerritos man pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter Monday afternoon in the shooting death of a friend he was "horsing around" with, authorities said. Brian Lowenberg is charged in the death of Jason Ford, 17, also of Cerritos, who died when a single bullet from a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol struck him in the head last Thursday, said Deputy Rich Erickson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989
A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the 14-year-old's father, Adams said. The boy, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder.
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March 19, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON and TOM GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 10-year veteran of the small Montclair Police Department was in critical condition Thursday after being accidentally shot in the head at a law enforcement firing range, authorities said. Det. Amy L. Nelson, a former LAPD officer and mother of three, underwent several hours of successful surgery to remove bullet fragments from her brain Thursday, Capt. Kevin Piper said. "She is still clinging to life.
NEWS
July 19, 1999
Authorities were trying to decide Sunday whether to pursue charges against the uncle of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister over the weekend. The boy found a loaded shotgun under his uncle's bed while his family was visiting the man's West Covina home Saturday afternoon, police said. According to authorities, the boy fired the gun at his sister about 4 p.m., striking her in the abdomen. The toddler was taken to Childrens Hospital, where she died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was accidentally shot in the leg--either by herself or by another officer--while trying to break up a domestic dispute in Santa Clarita early Sunday, department officials said. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight in the 25300 block of Via Telino, where deputies were responding to a 911 call.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999
Montclair Police Det. Amy Nelson, shot accidentally in the head at a law enforcement firing range in March, has come out of a coma and is now in a long-term care facility. Nelson, 43, the mother of three, is still unable to speak, walk or sit up unassisted but is beginning rehabilitation, Montclair Police Capt. Kevin Piper said. The 10-year veteran was wounded while she was firing her .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun at a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department practice range.
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March 19, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON and TOM GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 10-year veteran of the small Montclair Police Department was in critical condition Thursday after being accidentally shot in the head at a law enforcement firing range, authorities said. Det. Amy L. Nelson, a former LAPD officer and mother of three, underwent several hours of successful surgery to remove bullet fragments from her brain Thursday, Capt. Kevin Piper said. "She is still clinging to life.
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November 10, 1998
Sheriff's investigators intend to pursue manslaughter charges against a juvenile whose shotgun went off and killed a man when the youth was trying to retrieve it, authorities said Monday. Jesus Tejeda, 37, was fatally wounded by a friend late Saturday at his home in the 4100 block of Service Street when the youth was getting a sawed-off shotgun from a closet where the adult had stored it for him, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Vince Collier said.
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August 7, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A neighborhood spat that began with a 15-year-old boy shooting at a neighbor's home with an air gun escalated into a confrontation between the boy--who armed himself with a real gun--and an enraged neighbor who ran him down with a backhoe, sheriff's deputies said Thursday. The backhoe broke the leg of the boy's mother as she tried to prevent him from shooting the driver, and in the confusion, the boy accidentally shot himself in the leg, deputies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1998
An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot to death by his 9-year-old brother Saturday after they found a loaded shotgun while playing in an abandoned building in an unincorporated area adjacent to South-Central Los Angeles, authorities said. Erik Vidrio, hit once in the torso, died at the scene, a converted garage on West 88th Street in Athens, authorities said.
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June 22, 1993
A father was jailed on charges of criminal handling of a gun after his 9-year-old son used it to fatally shoot a 7-year-old playmate in a North Long Beach home Monday afternoon, sheriff's deputies said. The younger boy, Jackson Truong, died at Lakewood Doctors Hospital, deputies said.
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January 19, 1990
A 27-year-old unarmed Norwalk man was critically wounded Thursday when a sheriff's detective's revolver went off accidentally as the officer tried to stop the man from driving away in a stolen pickup in Bellflower, authorities said. Investigators say Scott Fierro was driving the same stolen truck Wednesday when he allegedly threatened a K-Mart security guard with a knife when the guard tried to stop him from leaving with $100 worth of stolen drill bits.
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February 25, 1998
A 16-year-old youth shot himself to death, apparently by accident, while toying with a loaded handgun in front of his friends, police said Tuesday. Jose Montoya, a junior at Valle Lindo Continuation High School, died shortly after 8 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. "He pulls out a .38-caliber revolver from his waistband and points it at his temple, saying, 'Look at me,' and laughing," said El Monte Police Det. David Lazzarini.
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June 27, 1997
City officials sealed off a house where a man with an arsenal of firearms accidentally shot himself to death in front of his wife, police said Thursday. After inspecting the two-bedroom house in the 1300 block of Winchester Avenue, officials on Thursday declared that a fire hazard was posed by electrical wiring, Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young said. Police said the victim, Robert Leroy Shovestull, stored more than 100 firearms in his attic.
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