Pendleton, SC — A boyfriend and two of his friends were handling several of their guns when one gun “went off” striking a woman, killing her.
Investigators found Betty Spado, 20, dead in the apartment building at around 8pm, Thursday after the reports of a shooting came in. According to the Anderson County coroner, Spado died at the scene from the fatal gun shot.
Her boyfriend and two other friends were handling several different guns when one “went off.” The fired shot struck the boyfriend in the hand, as well as killing Spado.
Her death was ruled as an “accident” by those investigating.
While it’s true that this was an accident in the sense that they didn’t mean to shoot and kill this girl, there is a certain amount of negligence that must take place when you’re handling firearms and “accidentally” shoot someone.
It sounds like these guys grew complacent in their firearms handling skills, or they never had firearms handling skills to begin with. One thing is for certain, guns don’t just “go off.” They don’t just discharge themselves. Something must have come into contact with the trigger as the muzzle was being pointed in the girl’s direction.
Several of the firearms safety rules were violated here, and a young lady lost her life because of it. The first thing you must do whenever you pick up a gun or when someone hands you a gun is to check and see if it’s loaded. And even then, you always treat it as if it’s still loaded.
If you’re planning to pull the trigger, say, in dry fire which we’re huge supporters of, you still point the gun in a safe direction. All of the firearm rules were violated to some degree here, and their negligence took an innocent life.
If you need a refresher on the firearms safety rules, there is no harm in going over them again, here. Heck, I still sometimes recite them on my way to the gun range out of habit from when I was in my beloved Marine Corps.
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