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March 12, 2018 06:07 PM

Accidental Gun Shootings Involving Kids On The Rise

You've heard a lot about school shootings in the news, but there's another statistic involving guns that's been on the rise, accidental shooting deaths of children.

The numbers are staggering. A recent Associated Press study found at least one child dies every other day from gun accidents.

The most common victims are children under five, with three year olds being the most common shooters and victims.

A local family knows all too well about these devastating statistics.

Just a few weeks ago Brooks Hurley was a lively three year old boy.

"He loved animals and playing outside," Brooks' dad, Barry Hurley said.

Now the Witten, South Dakota family is just left with the memories of their little boy with big blue eyes. On February 16th Brooks accidentally shot and killed himself. His mom Katie says she was at work, and her kids were staying with her then-boyfriend.

"My phone rang, and it was him. I answered the phone. He was screaming, 'Brooks has been shot. Brooks has been shot.' I remember my ears were ringing. I drove as fast as I could. I got there. When I got there, I could tell he was already gone," Katie Hurley said.

While Brooks' death may seem unusual, the number of accidental gun shootings involving kids is on the rise. The number of deaths declined from 2006 to 2013, but since then, they've been on the increase.

In fact, CDC data finds it's now the third leading cause of death for children under 18 years old.

"If they don't know what they're doing, they could get hurt, even if they do know, and they know you're not watching," Barry said.

"And he was just so curious, you know," Katie said.

A curiosity that the family says is a reason why you need to keep a close eye on your children.

That's not their only message to parents. The family will talk about gun safety tonight on Eye on KELOLAND at 10 p.m. Also hear from Brooks' ten year old sister who had to make the 911 call.




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