Busy week! Three accidental shootings in our report — if you include the one in Hendersonville. Unfortunately, I don’t have a link to the story; the news was reported by the morning anchor on WTVF but, as is so often the case, there isn’t a printed version I can link to, and nobody did any follow-up. You’ll have to take my word for it that I heard the reporter announce this news, but if you don’t, fine.
Also, teenage boys and guns do not mix, y’all.
• March 4, 2014:
A Columbia teenager opened fire on two dogs, claiming self defense. However, police aren’t buying it and charged the teen with reckless endangerment:
She said she immediately broke up the fight and was off the home’s property and in control of her animal when the 17-year-old emerged with a handgun.
“I asked where his mother is. He didn’t answer and he went into the house. I continued walking my dog, and next thing I know, the screen slams open and I turned and he pulls a gun out of his pocket and yells some obscenities at me,” Carroll said.
She continued, “He said, ‘Buck up, b*^%$.’ I was scared, horrified scared. He fired a shot and I let go of my dog which made him a target. I was in the driveway in the house down from him. I was not on his property.”
Carroll told News 2 the teen fired at her from about 12 feet away, even though she had control of Prince, who was between her legs. She said that she let go of her dog, fearing for her life.
“I turned around and saw my pit was shot and he was squirming on the driveway and he kept firing. I was screaming at top of my lungs, ‘Oh God!’ My other dog was limping to a car. At that point, [the teen] walked toward me and I was afraid for my life. My life flashed before my eyes; I didn’t know where the gun was.”
She added, “I was crying. Screaming scared for my life. He had come up to me say he was sorry. I screamed, ‘Where are my dogs at?’ One dog was in a drainage ditch, shot three times. The other dog was behind the car, and she had no involvement in the fight.”
• March 2, 2014:
A Hendersonville teenager accidentally shot himself in the knee, according to WTVF.
• March 1, 2014:
A 13-year-old boy in Carter County was accidentally shot in the neck by his 14-year-old brother with a gun they’d found in a closet.
• February 27, 2014:
1- An angry, intoxicated Kingsport woman was arrested after she started randomly firing her gun in the street on account of being angry and intoxicated. Respect the culture, etc. etc.
2- Nine assault rifles were stolen from a Memphis Walmart.
• February 14, 2014:
A man in Baxter was cleaning his .38 when it accidentally fired, shooting him in the arm.