7 Year Old Craig Allen Loughrey Killed in Accidental Shooting by Dad Outside PA Gunshop

.9mm taurus handgun

7 Year Old Craig Allen Loughrey Killed in Accidental Shooting by Dad Outside PA Gun Shop. (Photo credit: Woodbury Outfitters)

Craig Allen Loughrey, 7, was accidentally killed by his father, Joseph V. Loughrey, outside a Mercer County, PA, gun shop Saturday. The fatal shooting occurred when the elder Loughrey was getting into his truck holding a .9mm Taurus handgun when it discharged. The bullet struck Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, state police said. He died at the scene.

State police said Loughrey told them he had emptied the magazine of the gun, but had no idea a bullet was still in the chamber.

“This happens all too often where people think the gun was empty,” said state police Lt. Eric Hermick.

State police questioned Loughrey at the Mercer barracks, describing him as very cooperative and very distraught. Leaving the barracks about 2:30 p.m., he declined comment to a reporter.

Officers are reviewing surveillance video from the gunshop. While authorities are investigating the shooting as an accident, Loughrey could face charges, including manslaughter and negligence, Hermick said.

The shooting occurred at 10:54 a.m. outside Twigs Reloading Den, 8388 Sharon-Mercer Rd. in East Lackawanna, officials said. Source

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
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    From the NRA: It’s Ok the boy died cause guns don’t kill, people do!