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UPDATE: Boy, 7, was buckling up in truck when shot to death; charges against dad unlikely

Published: Sun, December 9, 2012 @ 1:51 p.m.

UPDATE: Boy, 7, was buckling up in truck when shot to death; charges against dad unlikely

Associated Press


A 7-year-old boy had been buckling himself into his safety seat in the back of his father’s truck when he was shot to death after a handgun accidentally went off as his father got in the front seat, police said Sunday.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, told police he had been trying to sell the guns Saturday at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township near Mercer.

He unloaded the magazine at home, but didn’t realize a bullet was still in the chamber, Lt. Eric Hermick said. His son, Craig Allen Loughrey, was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

State police Lt. Eric Hermick said Sunday the father had secured a rifle in the back of the truck and placed his pistol on the console when the handgun went off. Hermick said police are reviewing surveillance video from the store, which helped lay out the chain of events; the video is not being released.

“It is very clear-cut exactly what transpired here,” Hermick said of what he called clearly an accident. “As he’s laying it down, it discharges.”

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday and the results of the investigation will be given to Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems, Hermick said. A message left with Kochems was not immediately returned Sunday.

Hermick said the father was very distraught and cooperative; he said he doubts there will be charges, but that it’s up to the district attorney. The father could face charges, including involuntary manslaughter, Hermick said.

“It’s obviously negligent and reckless to some degree,” he said. “It’s obviously in that gray area, where it’s a true accident. But is there negligence or recklessness with him not clearing the chamber?”

A message left at a telephone listing in the father’s name was not returned.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

So this is the guns Fault .

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2Attis(1134 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Something about this stinks to high heaven. Why would the father say he did not know the gun was loaded unless he pulled the trigger? How does a loaded gun go off by just laying it down? For the sake of the boy, and countless other potential victims of handgun violence, a thorough investigation and filed charges are absolutely needed.

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

So you do not believe it was the gun fault ???? I'M SURE IT WAS THE GUN'S Fault !!!!!

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4NoBS(2845 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Attis, did you even read the story? The father removed the magazine from the gun. He thought it was unloaded because he removed the bullets that are ready to be moved into firing position. He failed to follow through and check that the firing chamber itself was empty. He also must have had the Safety off. Then, defying billion-to-one odds, he bumped it as he sat it down, in just the right way, and caused the gun to fire. Again, defying billion-to-one odds, it was pointed in just the right direction to hit his son. No conspiracy theories, no agendas to negate the 2nd Amendment, just a terrible, terrible accident.

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

MMM most hand guns with the magazine remove can not fire.

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6NoBS(2845 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Free - what kind of pistol was this? Do we know? How old was it? Do we know that? Was it in good repair? Remember, the gun shop refused to buy it.

Don't know any of that, do you? So why do you advertise your ignorance?

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