skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 148722 Find in a Library
Title: Deaths Due to Firearms Injuries in Children
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:685-692
Author(s): E Choi; E R Donoghue; B D Lifschultz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed deaths due to firearms injuries in children ages 10 and under in Cook County (Ill.), which contains Chicago, from 1984 through 1992.
Abstract: The information came from the records of the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. During this period the office performed 32,400 autopsies, of which 45 were deaths on children due to firearms injuries. Results revealed that homicidal shootings predominated (69 percent) in this age group; the most common circumstance was that a child was struck by a stray bullet or shot intentionally by an adult. When the death was accidental (31 percent), the fatal incident always occurred when one or more children were playing with a gun they found in the home. Figures, photograph, and 33 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Violent crime statistics
Index Term(s): Child fatalities; Firearm accidents; Firearms deaths; Juvenile victims
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=148722

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.