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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
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