The Coalition for Gun Control/Pour le Controle des Armes

From The Toronto Star, August 6, Friend, 17, dies after gun goes off

Posted by cgccanada on August 7, 2009

Carelessness and a bit of stupidity are likely to blame for the death of 17-year-old Patrick John Smith, police say. Smith, his girlfriend and a friend were hanging out in an eighth-floor apartment near the St. Lawrence Market on Tuesday evening. Smith’s friend had a handgun. At around 10:30 p.m., it went off, hitting the victim in the torso. The other two took Smith to nearby St. Michael’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. “It would appear right now it was accidentally discharged, but we’re still investigating some information to the contrary,” Det. Doug Sansom said. The handgun, which was recovered at the scene, was unregistered. Quincy Callaghan-Thomas, 18, of Toronto has been charged with manslaughter. He is scheduled to appear at College Park court this morning. Smith is the city’s 34th homicide this year. “It’s pretty straightforward. Just a tragedy (resulting from) a stupid act, ” said Sansom


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