Florida Child Dies from Gunshot in Palm Beach County

February 5, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on February 5, 2009 9:34 AM | | Comments (0)
Palm Beach County: An 11-year-old Lake Worth boy died Monday after he was mortally injured after a stolen Glock .40 firearm apparently accidentally discharged in the hands of his 9-year-old acquaintance.  The deceased boy, identified as Jason Lee Gilmore, Jr., was at the home of his mother's boyfriend's parents with a group of young men all but one under the age of 18.  According to reports, the boys were playing with the laser site on the handgun when it discharged.  The gun was reported stolen from a car in West Palm Beach in January after the owner left the weapon in his car overnight.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office will hand the case over to the State Attorney's Office which is anticipated to convene a grand jury to make the final determination whether any charges should be filed.

According to FloridaCharts.com and information derived from the Florida Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics, 929 homicides by firearm discharge occurred in Florida in 2007.  Of those deaths, 72 occurred in Palm Beach County, 74 in Broward County, and 203 in Dade County.  In that same year, 97 deaths were children 18 years old or younger.

The death of child is always a tragic occurrence.  Ultimately, who was at fault and what should have been done differently are questions that arise from the incident.  Often after the criminal investigation is complete, civil actions in negligence are also pursued.  Depending on the circumstances, negligence can at times be found on the part of the shooter, the owner of the residence or property at which the shooting occurred, the person responsible for supervising the shooter and/or victim, and the owner of the gun.

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Gabriel Mejia is a personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A.

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