Toddler hit when gun goes off in car in Sunnyside, the headline at yakima-herald.com proclaims. “A 3-year-old boy was critically injured when a firearm [not shown] discharged in the vehicle he was riding in Monday night, Sunnyside police say. He’s being treated at Harborview Medical Center for a gunshot to the head. The boy, who was not identified, arrived at Sunnyside Community Hospital about 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Sunnyside Police Department. Officers say they believe the gun accidently [sic] discharged when the vehicle was in the area of Yakima Valley Highway and East Edison Avenue. The vehicle and the gun were seized, but police did not immediately release more information about the circumstances. They said they are continuing to investigate.”
Inexperienced shooter. Semi-automatic pistol. Lack of attentive instruction. What could go wrong? Well, let’s see. Aleksandra Voronkova, 33 and her boyfriend like to shoot at the Khishchnik Club and decided to invite friends from work to come out and shoot. Sounds okay, right? But said friends, or at least one of them, had no background in shooting. The new shooters received what appears to be a perfunctory safety briefing but no specific instruction on the particular weapon they were shooting. Whoops.