Owner of gun charged in accidental shooting death of W. Tenn. boy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 6-year-old Memphis boy.

Police say 19-year-old Jerome Black was the owner of a revolver that ended up in the hands of two young boys.

The boys were scuffling over the gun Monday morning when it went off, striking Charlris Fleming Jr. in the eye. He later died at a hospital.

Police said Black was one of three adults home at the apartment at the time, but they were not in the same room.

Black was being held on $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on March 25.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ZigmunnDroid Location: Asheville on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    This is a type of misbehavior with an object (gun) that we have need of regulation. The object itself does not need regulation. The behavior allowed uneducated and unqualified people to "play with a dangerous tool". He should have had a lock or kidstopper in the gun when kids are playing nearby, especially when other kids are nearby. One can presume that he had instructed his own kids on proper firearm handling (for a six year old, DON'T TOUCH is appropriate). We all have a right to possess firearms. We all have a responsibility to behave properly when we have them.

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