New Jersey Man Shoots 11 Yr. Old Nephew While Demonstrating Gun’s Laser Sight [Photo]
This is beyond tragic! (smh) We’ve got to do better with our kids!!! Our sincerest condolences go out to the loved ones of this poor child. May he rest in peace.
A New Jersey man accidentally shot his 11-year-old nephew dead while demonstrating the laser sight of a gun on his forehead, police said.
Chad Olm, 34, was reportedly showing off a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun to Hunter Pedersen and a pal in his Delaware Township basement home 5:35 p.m. Saturday when he mistakenly fired. Hit on the forehead above his eye, the Wallenpaupack Area School District fifth grader started bleeding and fell over – and died soon after. Cops were called and Olm was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.
The Pocono Record reports that the two youngsters visited Olm, who lives in the basement of his father’s gated community home, to check out his gun collection, the Pocono Record reports. He allegedly let the pair handle three of his pistols, before pulling out the laser sighted Glock.
Without checking to see if there was a round in the chamber, he told cops during questioning that he pointed the gun at walls and ceiling.
He then pointed it at his nephew, to which his friend reportedly said: “Look, you have a red dot on your forehead.” Tragedy struck, however, when Pedersen reached out for the gun and Olm pulled the trigger, reports WNEP. “It’s horribly tragic. The family is devastated,” said Blooming Grove State Police station commander Lt. Chris Paris. “It goes to show that the safe handling of firearms is a must. The family has lost something that they can never replace,” he added.
Olm is being held at Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.
Source: NY Daily News