Two-month-old baby among many children shot during recent weeks across the US

The most recent analysis of data from 23 industrialized nations shows that 87 percent of the children under age 15 killed by guns in these nations lived in the United States.

According to the Childrens’ Defense Fund, 5,740 children and teens were killed by guns in the United States in 2008 and 2009, greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Six times as many children and teens—34,387—suffered nonfatal gun injuries as gun deaths during the same period.

About a month ago, the GunCrisis Reporting Project began searching news organizations around the US and has compiled reports of new shooting incidents in which children have been wounded or killed.

A police investigator examines a backpack found after a two-year-old was shot earlier this summer in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Photo for by Joseph Kaczmarek

The mother is accused in the shooting deaths of her 17-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter in Arizona on August 12th. A five-year old was shot in Georgia on the same day.

Two days later, a one-year-old girl was shot and killed in Mississippi and a three-year-old was wounded by a shotgun blast in Michigan.

On the 15th, police arrested the father of 5-year-old New Orleans girl shot dead at birthday party, and a 7-year-old boy was left in critical condition after a pellet rifle shooting in West Virginia.

A two-year-old was shot and killed in Georgia, a 12-year-old was shot while doing her homework in Illinois, and a one-year-old was shot and killed in a gang feud in Ohio.

An 11-year-old in Massachusetts, a 10-year-old in Nevada and a four-year-old in Virginia were wounded on the 17th.

Two children were physically unharmed while in the same car with two people who were shot to death in Louisiana the next day.

On August 19th, a baby was shot to death in Houston, a boy was shot while bicycling in Indiana and another was wounded by gunfire in Los Angeles.

Another Indiana boy died from gunfire on the 20th while an Ohio boy was killed by a stray bullet while sleeping at home.

A five-year-old girl was wounded by a stray bullet in Arkansas on the 21st and a 4-year-old was wounded in North Carolina by another stray bullet on the 23rd.

In Oklahoma, a three-year-old boy was shot in the head on August 26th. A stray bullet wounded a 10-year-old in New York the next day.

A Maryland school shooting on August 27th was the only event on this list to capture widespread national media attention.

In Tennessee on August 28th, an 11-year-old boy was injured when a bullet exploded when he squeezed it.

A child was shot while riding in a car in Georgia on the 29th and another was wounded in New York on the 31st.

An eight-year-old was shot to death in South Carolina on September 1st, a Texas child died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 2nd, and a two-year-old was shot in Virginia on the 3rd.

An eight-year-old was shot in Kansas on the 4th, and a Tennessee man was charged after a boy shot his mother on the 5th.

On the 6th, a woman and child were shot multiple times in North Carolina and a two-month-old baby was shot in New York.

A seven-year-old was wounded in South Carolina on the 8th, and on September 9th, a Tennessee three-year-old shot himself with gun left on couch

On September 11th, a young child accidentally shot himself to death in Utah.

A report from Illinois shows that children there die more often from firearms than from car crashes, and kids are marching to end violence in New Jersey.

We recently shared a roundup of recent teenage gunshot victims.

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