Latest reports: Children killed and wounded by gunfire across the US

Children watch the police investigation after a young teen was shot to death May 31st in philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek

Children watch as police investigate after a young teen was shot to death May 31st in Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Six months after the mass shooting in Newtown, gun violence continued to wound and kill children across the U.S. throughout June, even on Father’s Day weekend. Here are some the media reports we followed this month:

Some of the children accidentally killed by guns earlier this year were shot by other children, according to a report from, which also points out that more Americans have been killed by toddlers than terrorists this year. Earlier this month in Arizona, a 4-year-old accidentally shot and killed his father, an Iraq war veteran.

According to the Brady Campaign, gun violence takes a massive toll on American Children:

  • Nearly one in four American teens have witnessed a shooting.
  • An average of eight children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day.
  • American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.
  • Youth (ages 0 to 19) in the most rural U.S. counties are as likely to die from a gunshot as those living in the most urban counties. Rural children die of more gun suicides and unintentional shooting deaths. Urban children die more often of gun homicides.
  • Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people ages 1-19 in the U.S
  • In 2007, more pre-school-aged children (85) were killed by guns than police officers were killed in the line of duty.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is an award-winning, independent, nonprofit journalism community striving to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.

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