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UPDATE: Police: Boy, 7, accidentally shot to death by father

Published: Sat, December 8, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m.

UPDATE: Police: Boy, 7, accidentally shot to death by father

MERCER, Pa. (AP) — A man’s handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a Mercer-area gun store today, and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, of Sharpsville, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest shortly before 11 a.m., according to state police. The boy died at the scene at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township.

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,” state trooper Lt. Eric Hermick said.

Loughrey was trying to sell two guns at the store — one a scoped 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.

Loughrey was questioned by state police, who said he was cooperative and distraught. The shooting is being investigated as an accident, although Loughrey could face charges, including manslaughter and negligence, Hermick said.

“I know that little kid was everything to him,” said Mark McLaughlin of Fredonia, a friend and co-worker of Loughrey’s at Superior Well Services in Fredonia.

Messages left for the coroner’s office and at a listing in Loughrey’s name were not immediately returned.


1dearthquake(9 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

THIS is the problem that 2nd amendment Constitution thumpers will never give you a straight answer on. They will squawk about personal responsability and a slew of "what ifs." However, this is real. Accidents occur all the time and innocent people die. Please only respond to this if you can answer this question: Are you willing to look down upon your dead child and say, "sorry son, but this is the price you have to pay for me to carry a gun." Do not dodge my question. Don't give me alternate scenarios, the what ifs. Don't tell me you don't look at it that way. Answer the question.

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2NoBS(2826 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

dearth, grow up and stick your agenda where the sun don't shine. Loughrey was negligent by not having cleared the firing chamber of the weapon. He screwed up. He (or, his son) paid the ultimate price for his screwup. This isn't the place for your political soapbox whining. Please go pound salt.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If you want to use that view then stick to facts. More children die in auto accidents and home accidents so with your line of thinking they should not be allowed in cars and should all be homeless that would save alot more children then then banning guns. Of course we could go further down the list and ban just about anything that could harm a child

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

LETS see if the father dropped and big rock on the kid's head .??? Would it be the rocks fault or the stupid fathers????
And would we be crying to out law rocks .
I think NOT.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't know how this idiot can live with himself. I know I would be with my son.

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6dearthquake(9 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I notice no one answered the question. Just "what ifs" and "personal responsability" squawking as I predicted.

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