7 Year Old Shot and Killed In Gun Store Parking Lot

| |

Top Tier Gear USA

A tragic accident has left a 7 year old boy dead.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, of Sharpsville, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, according to state police. The boy died at the scene at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Investigators said Loughrey told them he didn’t realize there was a bullet still in the chamber. “This happens all too often where people think the gun was empty,” Lt. Eric Hermick told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Loughrey was trying to sell two guns at the store – one a scope rifle and the other, the handgun, state police said. The owners told Loughrey the store doesn’t buy guns so Loughrey and his son returned to the truck with them. Loughrey put the boy in the passenger seat and loaded the rifle into the truck, state police said. He was attempting to get inside and reached to put the handgun in the center storage console when it fired, they said.

(Pictured: Craig Allen Loughrey)

Though the shooting is being investigated as an accident, police say Loughrey could face manslaughter and negligence charges.

Delivered by The Daily Sheeple

We encourage you to share and republish our reports, analyses, breaking news and videos (Click for details).

Contributed by Frank Drover of The Daily Sheeple.

Frank Drover is a co-editor and contributor for The Daily Sheeple, an alternative media hub for leading headlines, head lies, opinion, and commentary. Wake the flock up!

This content may be freely reproduced in full or in part in digital form with full attribution to the author and a link to www.TheDailySheeple.com.

Wake The Flock Up! Please Share With Sheeple Far & Wide:
  • akvalmet30

    Aww man, that’s dreadful! Hate when stuff like this happens.

  • stock

    One in the chamber, sheesh, I dont even trust my eyes anymore when I pull the action back and look.

    • KorHi

      LoL, I dont trust my eyes either. I look twice.

      So he’s saying he forgot to check the chamber, the gun was pointed at his sons chest and guns are going off on there own now days?

      Shitty position to be in. Absolutely ridiculous

  • Not_Again_12

    He was probably using the hand the pistol was in for leverage to climb up into the truck. Upon doing so he probably squeezed the trigger. This is negligence and poor firearm safety. All guns are loaded, always. Never a moment’s doubt to this fact unless you’re firing upon an assailant and run out of bullets. Even then, don’t point it at anything you don’t intend to destroy.

  • Silverback

    The fact he killed the boy will be the most sever punishment he will ever face. It will haunt him for the rest of his life. Tragic and sad

  • largetarget

    he left his house and didn’t clear the weapon.Then took it to a place that deals with guns and no one cleared the gun. He took it back and didn’t check the chamber.

    Sounds a little hokey.

    Basic procedure Pick up a weapon check the weapon.Every time no exceptions.

  • superdave:-)

    The father’s personal tragedy will be exploited for the gun control agenda. Bottom line: guns don’t kill, but careless handling of firearms does.

    I feel saddened and ill knowing the grief and torment the family and father must be going through.

    (Always treat a firearm as loaded)

  • Smarty

    Superdave is absolutely correct. The gun control freaks will tweak and twist this now, as more “evidence” that nobody should have guns.

    Never mind the fact that people back over their children with cars, give them the wrong medicines, and accidentally kill them in nuerous ways each year. The fact that this was a GUN accident will be exploited to the moon.

    This guy was probably not familiar with guns, as he was taking them to sell them. Nobody should be selling ANY guns these days…just buying them!

  • johnd24

    If someone is going to walk around with a bullet in the chamber at least have the safety on. At home it doesn’t matter or in battle field.

    • Oath Keeper

      Not all guns have safeties.

  • No such thing …

    … as an accidental discharge.

    · Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded
    · Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy
    · Always be sure of your target and what is behind it
    · Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target

    So, no such thing as an “accidental” discharge … one of the four rules was violated somewhere.


  • ncjoe

    This why I carry with no round in the chamber. Have a loaded chamber indicator on my springfield XD and check chamber before putting the weapon in my conceal-carry holster. This was no accident, several things had to be done incorretly, if not intentionally, for this tradegy to happen.

  • michael

    Sad. I usually check my pistol at least three to for times a day or every time I pull it out of the cabinet or case. I always assume that it is loaded even when i’m cleaning it. Pray for the father and family. He will have to carry this tragedy with him for the rest of his life.

  • SKIP

    Contrary to some here I do not check my handgun all the time because I KNOW IT IS ALWAYS LOADED AND CHAMBERED and will remain that way. I also keep my finger on the trigger and NOT beside the action as is apparently taught to the military now but was NOT taught that way during the Vietnam war.

  • Jean

    Remember the red ball….

    Guns are evil, and people are perfecable if we just make the right laws… And then we won’t need guns, except if we’re the elites, because people always want to hurt the elites…

    @SKIP, I agree with you about having a round chambered and finger on the trigger. By the time the gun is in use, there’s intent already – why bother with stupidity? Now, I also concede that in other things, there’s little reason to think in terms of fractions of a second, normally. Motorcycles: hands off the brakes. Don’t rest the fingers curled over the lever. But then, you don’t intend to stop normally, only at certain times. With a gun, you DO (Must? Should?) intend to use it if you draw it. Pretending, as some lawyers might, that putting your finger on the trigger is the indicator of “intent” is ridiculous.

    At the same time, if you don’t treat the gun as loaded, you’re likely pretty dumb… And I’ve done that (paintball gun, fortunately – I’d cleanded the barrel, cleaned the gun, put it away – decided to use it for scare factor / noise. Shot my sister in the arm with a paintball. We could argue as to whether or not she deserved it – she IS a bitch on days ending in Y – but I did something stupid, and if it were a real weapon, she could’ve been severely injured. Even a paintball can put out an eye.) So… I can get SOME of this.

    My questions are:
    – Why did he have the gun loaded, one in the pipe, for transport to sell?
    – Why was the gun in motion when he entered the vehicle? (“In Motion” excludes holstered or placed in vehicle before entry; I mean if it was in his hands, or just jammed into his pants, or tossed on the seat in the same motion as grabbing a handle to swing up into the cab of the truck.)
    – Did anyone in the shop actually LOOK AT (Touch) the weapons?
    – Does the pistol have a safety?
    – Does the bullet removed from the child’s chest match the gun that supposedly shot him? (Paranoia kicks in sometimes, but we live in a f*cked-up world; sometimes it’s justified.)

    This may be a case for the Darwin awards; it might be a stupid accident; it might be a publicity situation. (People exist who do evil things. Whether the father or another is open to debate, point is, it CAN happen.) Too many sheep. Not enough intelligent people. Too many imbeciles who prefer a tyrant over freedom.

    • Jean

      “perfecable” should be “Perfectable”. This is a standard Liberal / Progressive concept. conservatives argue that the LAWS do not make man perfectable, but rather, the MAN can “perfect” (Really means improve) himself through development of INTERNAL character. Q.V. “Locus of Control.” Internal locus of control = do right regardless of who is watching or who will find out. External locus of control = do right when you might be found out, do what you want the rest of the time, and hope you get away with it. It’s basically allowing the animal impulses to rule you – that’s all the 7 deadlies.

  • 41MagMan

    “Investigators said Loughrey told them he didn’t realize there was a bullet still in the chamber.”

    Anyone who is either this careless or this stupid should not be carrying a gun… ever. Always, Always, ALWAYS know what state of readiness your personal weapons are in. They are simply too dangerous not to know this fundamental fact. As punishment, this man is now in a special Hell reserved for fools. It is terrible that his own son was sacrificed to drive home this basic point.

    Stories like this bring up fundamental carry rules that all should obey. A Model 1911 .45 semi-auto pistol is most safe when carried “cocked and locked”. Many 9 mm handguns vary in their safe carry modes, so those who own them should investigate the options to discover their safe modes. I carry my .45 auto cocked and locked in a hip holster that has a leather strap that covers the firing pin area. The safety is on and their is a round in the chamber. Drawing this weapon while sliding the safety off makes it ready to fire quickly, yet carrying it in this mode is completely safe. My Ruger 9mm LC9, IMO, would be VERY dangerous to carry with a loaded round in the chamber and the safety on, so I carry it with no round in the chamber. It takes about 1/3 of a second to chamber a round while drawing this weapon yet with no round in the chamber it cannot fire by accident or on purpose. Different guns often require different procedures to carry safely. Pity the poor dumb b@st@rds who do not realize this and carry them all the same.