Teen Handling Gun Accidentally Kills Mother, Fatally Turns Gun On Himself

An Oklahoma teenager accidentally shot and killed his mother before turning the gun on himself, according to police.

KOKH reported that a 16-year-old teenage boy accidentally shot his mother in their Del City home at around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

When officers arrived at the 3600 block of Mistletoe Avenue, they found the boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was lying in the street. They also found a gun lying next to the boy.

When officers entered the home, they found the boy's mom, Stephanie Jennings, 36, had been shot in the head in the kitchen. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to KOKH, the boy had been handling a gun in the living room when it fired. The bullet went through the wall into the kitchen and struck Jennings in the head. The boy ran outside into the street where he shot himself in the head.

Police Major Bradley Rule said in a news release, seen by The Oklahoman, the boy was "handling the firearm when it went off." The boy "ran outside where he shot himself in the head." Officers did not release the identity of the boy.

Newsweek has contacted the Del City Police Department for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings across the U.S., there have been some 1,286 incidents of unintentional discharges since January 1, 2021. The number of suicides since the start of the year had already hit 14,190 as of August 3.

Gun Violence Archive found that the number of teenagers aged between 12 and 17 who had been killed as a result of gun violence stood at 739, as of Tuesday morning.

Newsweek previously reported about a man who shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself outside a Louisiana Dollar General store on Sunday.

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue told KLFY the fatal shooting happened at around 11:20 a.m. at the Tate Cove Road store.

When officers arrived, they found the man dead in the parking lot from the gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle.

Neither the shooter nor the victim had been identified by the Ville Platte police.

A tragic case of an unintentional shooting happened in July, when a 4-year-old North Carolina boy died after finding a gun in a couch.

According to a press statement from the High Point Police Department, they found the child had suffered "what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

Detectives interviewed several people and later determined the child was left unattended while the adults were consuming intoxicants.

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Stock image of a police car with flashing lights. An Oklahoma teenager accidentally shot and killed his mother before turning the gun on himself on July 31. artolympic/iStock