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7-Year-Old Girl Shot In St. Louis After Woman's Purse Falls On Floor, Gun Discharges, Cops Say

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A handgun like this one accidentally discharged.
A seven-year-old girl was shot last night when a woman's purse fell to the floor -- causing her .38-caliber handgun to discharge, a St. Louis county police spokesman says. The bullet hit her in the leg.

The shooting took place at the 12300 block of Tempo Drive, near Interstate 270 in west St. Louis county in the home of Sondra Taylor, who owned the purse. Police say she is a friend of the victim's mother.

The girl was taken to St. Mercy's Hospital for treatment, but police say that, fortunately, her injuries were minor.

Officials say she was hit in the right leg and that the bullet came from a Cobra .38 that was in Taylor's purse. County police responded to the home last night at around 6 p.m. and seized the weapon.

Police say the incident currently stands as an accidental shooting, but is still under investigation. The Department of Children Services was notified as well.

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Tempo Drive.

The Post-Dispatch also adds that the victim's mother was in the home at the time. She is reportedly a massage therapist and had come over to give a massage to Taylor and her seventeen-year-old daughter.

The two women were allegedly in another room when the gun went off and hit the little girl.

Meanwhile, north county police officials say that in a separate incident, a fourteen-year-old boy was shot in the hip outside of a party at the 10500 block of Renfrew Drive. There are no suspects in custody as of this writing -- and the young teenager is expected to survive, police say.

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57 comments
laxx1559
laxx1559

throw her in jail.  how is there no safety on your firearm?  you shot a child for fuck sake!  it should of hit you

Lloyd B Hargens
Lloyd B Hargens

Anti-gun media bullshit, promoting the well contested right to to deny me my Second Amendent rights. For shame, ya Obamaite.

Lynn Hooker
Lynn Hooker

Bill, You took the words out of my mouth.

Jen West
Jen West

The two women weren't even in the same room as the girl and gun when the purse just "fell"? The woman should be held accountable for leaving her gun out of her sight and in a room with a child.

Anthony Merkel
Anthony Merkel

Most firearms carriers are responsible. Criminals are not.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Jody, I completely agree that owning a gun REQUIRES you to be responsible in use handling.

Jody Ditto
Jody Ditto

If you "think" you're responsible enough to "own" a gun, then you should be responsible enough to handle one. And obviously this person was not. I grew up in a family of gun owners (for protection and hunting). I myself hate them. My mom is a conceal carry owner who believes in being responsible gun use/ownership. If everyone with a CCW was like this person in question, God help us.

Jody Ditto
Jody Ditto

Unfortunately, when accidents happen, somehow a child is always involved. Sad.

Jody Ditto
Jody Ditto

When I was laid off my job for a month, I spent alot of time of FB too. You don't look for a job 24/7 and you do spend alot of time on the computer. Stay on the subject and stop judging. Good grief people. It's Friday.

Anthony Merkel
Anthony Merkel

Sitting here oiling my guns while my daughter watches and reading the completely brain dead anti gun people comments.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

accidents dont happen.. NEGLIGENCE happens. negligence is due to human error in judgement. I've fired well over 200K rounds in my career, with ZERO incidents. I dont subscribe to "accidents happen". furthermore, any incident involving a firearm must include an investigation and prosecution if necessary.

Addison Nicole Massey
Addison Nicole Massey

No worries, Pat. It sounds like a classic weapon you got there. 1968 is a good year. :) I was addressing older (as mentioned), and should have mentioned the "Saturday Night Specials", and guns not going through the California Drop Test. I really despise when movies show those gun-cliches, it's one of the first things people think of when a misfire occurs (unsavvy when it comes to firearms). By the way, Thank You for recognizing a person whom knows of what they speak.

Daniel Reyna
Daniel Reyna

Accidents happen once in awhile......this is an epidemic

Pat Strangler
Pat Strangler

Addison, that's true with newer weapons, but not the older ones. I have one of these older weapons that's actually an old police issued 38 from the 50's that will do just that, fire when dropped. (of course not every time, but you appear to know what I'm talking about, as do I with your statement(s). As far as newer weaponry, of course there are numerous added safety features, but we're obviously not talking about those, so it's a moot point... Thee, you're spot on, 1968 to be exact...

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

"the gun" you're acting like its a magical object that has a mind of its own. There is no defense against "the gun" there is, however a defense against improper or illegal use of a gun.

Pat Strangler
Pat Strangler

It's not a left/right issue, it's a 2nd Amendment issue... A great responsibility comes with owning a firearm, ANY firearm. if the courts would simply enforce the current laws properly, we wouldn't have half of these discussions. And speaking of which, what do we ever gain by these? How about just saying a prayer for the little girl who was shot by an irresponsible person, recklessly carrying a firearm? And yes, these types of firearms CAN and DO fire when dropped on the hammer, it's been like that for decades. Sure there are safety measures implemented on newer revolvers "now", but that does nothing for the older revolvers like the one we're discussing here. Get a grip people, it's never the guns fault, it's always the one handling it, ALWAYS, 100% of the time, period.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

lol @ Steve uncovering that Bill is unemployed, and on facebook at 3 in the afternoon instead of looking for a job.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

agreed, but there is no magical wand to wave and make all the guns in America disappear. So long as the criminals have the guns, i will continue to use necessary means to defend myself and family.

Josh Ragland
Josh Ragland

@ Steve, conservatives also spin stuff all the time to fit their agenda, don't act like its exclusive to liberals.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

i agree this persons should be held accountable both financially and criminally for this negligence. personal responsibility is a lost art in American Society as a whole, and thats a sad reality.

12judges
12judges

Firstly, I think the gun they are referring to is a Cobra .380ACP (http://www.slickguns.com/sites/default/files/cobra380b.jpg), which is a cheap semi-auto, not a .38 special revolver like you've depicted above.  Second, it is very very difficult if not impossible to make a modern manufactured handgun discharge accidentally unless serious negligence is involved.  Modern firearms do not simply "go off" without serious lack of oversight by the shooter and disregard for the manual of arms for that particular weapon.  As in all cases, ultimate responsibility rests with the weapon's owner.  Her carry permit (if she had one) should be revoked and she should be brought up on charges.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

you had the correct term of "safety lock" but what im saying is they aren't (or at least shouldn't) be used when carrying the firearm, like in a purse or a holster. although carrying a gun in a purse or handbag is highly discouraged, as a holster would guard the trigger and keep it from inadvertently being pulled.

Daniel Reyna
Daniel Reyna

I'm tired of the lame excuse...."the gun didn't kill anyone". Of course Einstein....but if we didn't have guns this wouldn't happen

Addison Nicole Massey
Addison Nicole Massey

The whole cliche about a gun falling on the ground and firing is highly inaccurate. I can only see maybe one instance where this might happen. The gun is rim-fire, and SEVERELY worn/aged. A center-fire gun needs the hammer to drop, while a finger pulls on the trigger. Even if the gun is cocked and the hammer is back, and hits the ground, the hammer might falls forward, but there is a hammer-block for a safety feature, should just this happen. Trigger-pull is registered when a finger is actually in the trigger, pulling that hammer back. The same or similar safety applied in DOA-Double Action Only or "Concealed-No Hammer" guns.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

carry a gun with a safety lock? no thanks! how about carry it in a holster designed for the particular model.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i can't wait for liberals to take an accident and spin it into their agenda.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

you dont want to be around when cops are using firearms.. if you are, youd probably piss yourself.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

well, you're unemployed, so you probably don't get out much.

Pat Strangler
Pat Strangler

So many things to say, but obviously this woman wasn't responsible with her firearm, and should be treated accordingly, and that's the jist of it... Do you really want to get into a conversation about responsibility in this country? I think not.

Jody Ditto
Jody Ditto

I can't wait for the NRA excuse on this one! I pray that child is okay!

Jessica Graye Porcelli
Jessica Graye Porcelli

@Bret...the gun didn't KILL anyone....if you read the story, she had minor injuries. If you're going to comment, educate yourself.

Wil Grundon
Wil Grundon

Must be one of those responsible gun owners we've been hearing so much about.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@12judges, "A handgun like this one accidentally discharged." LMFAO! A double-action revolver cannot and will not fire by being dropped. One must exert considerable pressure on the hammer to cock it, THEN pull the trigger more than just a little. OR pull the trigger so hard and far that it would never fire based on dropping the weapon.


When will any reporter or editor take a few seconds to consult with someone who has even the slightest idea what a gun, rifle, or revolver are? One goal of reporting is to educate, but before that can happen, the person writing the article must first be educated. Ignorance preaching ignorance does nothing good.

jdsteinmetz1
jdsteinmetz1

@JamesMadison Exactly...a link compiling children accidentally shot in a comment thread of a story about a kid accidentally shot.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@jdsteinmetz1, reasoning. You posted a link about accidental shootings of children and teens since Newtown. The link itself makes no sense. Newtown was not an accidental shooting. Why mention them together? Why provide a link to an article that links them? I can only reply based on what you posted. You are trying to tie one with the other. Makes zero sense.

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