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Thread: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

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    Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    May 30, 2005

    Boy, 4, Accidentally Killed During Target Practice at Holiday Weekend Gathering in Minnesota

    The Associated Press

    TOWER, Minn. (AP) - A 4-year-old boy was fatally wounded when he wandered behind a paper target while family and friends were practicing shooting, authorities said.

    Evan Davis Klassen, of Chisago City, was shot around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Lake Vermilion, where a group of about a dozen people had gathered for the Memorial Day weekend.

    "They thought they had the kids under control," said Sgt. James McKenzie of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department.

    While the paper target didn't completely obscure the child, he was wearing camouflage pants that made him difficult to see against the foliage, McKenzie said.

    A 40-year-old man fired a handgun about 30 feet through the target and into the boy, he said.

    McKenzie called the shooting as "a pretty straightforward accident" and said no charges were likely to be filed. The man's name and relationship with the boy were not released.

    After the shooting, people rushed the boy to a nearby lodge. Emergency medical workers arrived, but there was nothing they could do, McKenzie said. AP-ES-05-30-05 0923EDT

    This story can be found at: http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBYVHFQC9E.html

    IMO, based on what I'm reading, that people should be held accountable. They were target shooting with little kids playing in the vicinty. That's like having a family pinic right off the highway with no fence/barriers seperating. This is criminal.

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    Re: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    Absolutely, the people should be held accountable for this - I have nothing against guns, etc but you dont do this around kids.
    Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

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    Re: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    I am an avid gun collector and hunter, but this news just sickens me. People should never have guns around babies.

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    Re: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    i'm a gun nut. there is criminal negligence here.
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    Harry Chiti Fan registerthis's Avatar
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    Re: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    Nothing like dressing up your kid in fatigues and taking him down to the shooting range for a little 'ol target practice.

    How can this possibly not be negligence?

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    Re: Boy, 4, Killed During Target Practice in Minnesota

    I agree with everyone else here, there has to be criminal negligence in this situation. Who was watching the 4 year old?
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