JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA: An accidental bullet shot has left a teenager in serious condition at a hospital. The 15-year-old girl was reportedly shot by mistake in the stomach by her stepfather, who thought she was an intruder. According to the police, the incident happened over the weekend when the girl returned home at 2:15 am. On the night of the incident, the teen initially went to her friend’s house but returned home in the early hours.
As the girl was opening the garage door to her parents’ home, they mistook her for the intruder. The stepfather then took a fire-arm and went to check and that’s when the tragedy struck as he accidentally fired, hitting the victim in the stomach, the police said as reported by The Sun. Soon after the incident, the teenager was shifted to the hospital, where she is receiving treatment. It has been said that the condition of the girl is critical.
This incident comes almost a month after a woman died while filming a TikTok video for her followers. For the social media video, Areline Martinez faked her own abduction but her friends who were also reportedly part of it accidentally shot her to death. The incident reportedly happened in Chihuahua, Mexico, on October 2, after the 20-year-old victim was blindfolded and her hands were tied. Her social media update just before her death read: “Time does not stop and neither do I.”
The tragic TikTok video showed Martinez sitting next to a young man who was in the character of a hostage when another man appeared to attack both of them. While a third person was seen waving an automatic weapon. The clip then showed a young man forcing the man who played hostage onto his knees as he pointed the gun at the back of his head. Soon after that Martinez was shot, which resulted in her death at the scene. It was not immediately clear how the weapon went off, also why the people involved were using a weapon with live ammunition, and if it was licensed or not. Local media reported that the shooting was not intentional and the bullet fired off “by mistake”.
Chihuahua state attorney general, Cesar Augusto Peniche Espejel, said, “One of the hypotheses we are looking at is that they [the youths] were tampering with a firearm thinking that it was not loaded and accidentally shot the woman.” Reports also stated that a total of ten people were involved in the video making and one of them later informed authorities about the incident. Soon an investigation was launched and two suspects have also been identified, but if they have been arrested or not was not clear.
More recently, a Texas boy reportedly shot himself by mistake on his third birthday on October 24. Reports stated that the victim fired the bullet into his chest while his family was playing cards. He was soon rushed to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: “Family and friends had gathered earlier to celebrate the birthday of the three-year-old, and while playing cards, heard a gunshot. The child was located with a gunshot wound to the chest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident.”