Father fatally shoots son outside Pennsylvania gun store

Sat Dec 8, 2012 9:21pm EST

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(Reuters) - A seven-year-old boy was shot to death by his father on Saturday in the parking lot of a gun store in western Pennsylvania in an apparent accident, state police told Reuters.

Craig Allen Loughrey was shot in the chest by a handgun his father, Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was holding as they were getting into the family vehicle at Twig's Reloading Den in Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said.

The boy died at the scene of the shooting, which happened at 10:50 a.m. His father was questioned by investigators, but police said the evidence pointed to an accident.

The two were from nearby Fredonia, Pa., police said.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Jackie Frank)

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Fr0ntSight wrote:
Very sad accident…My prayers go out to the family.

Dec 08, 2012 9:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fr0ntSight wrote:
Very sad accident…My prayers go out to the family.

Dec 08, 2012 9:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“but police said the evidence pointed to an accident.”

Walking through a parking lot of a gun store with a recently purchase loaded gun?

Most parents I know wait until their sons are 18 or 19 and send then off to far away lands to die in a parking lot in a country with a name that sounds like a dog or rug.

Dec 08, 2012 10:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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