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Four Simple Rules

Now for a story that will break your heart.

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (December 9, 2013) – A 16-year-old Noblesville girl who was shot in the chest Sunday evening died from her injuries.

Noblesville Police and Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene in the 8200 block of River Run Place at 11:20 p.m.

They found four people inside the residence and the victim unresponsive. She was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis) where she later died.

The victim, Aubrey Peters, was a Noblesville High School student. FOX59 viewers may remember her for rescuing two children from a pond in March 2010, a heroic act that earned her and her family honors from the Red Cross.

Officers spoke with the other people who were in the home during the shooting and arrested 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel early Monday morning. He’s charged with reckless homicide (Class C felony) and pointing a firearm (Class D felony).

According to court documents, McDaniel and a group of friends were hanging out at his house Sunday night. He eventually went upstairs to retrieve a handgun and brought it downstairs. He tried to get Peters to hold it, but she didn’t want to. McDaniel then dropped the magazine from the gun, pointed it at Peters, took the safety off and pulled the trigger, one witness said. A shot rang out and hit Peters in the chest.

You can read the rest of the story here.

I share this in the hopes that someone can learn from this tragedy, and that it won’t be repeated. Four simple rules of gun safety. Had they been followed, Aubrey would still be alive.


6 Responses to Four Simple Rules

  1. dgdimick December 10, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Sadly this happens way more then is reported – My brothers Ex-Wife did the same thing. Nothing like trying to explain why there’s a .40 cal hole in the wall, and WTF where you doing showing off the gun.

  2. Hillbilly Bob December 10, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    We had something like this happen just last year, it involved friends and a 20 year old kid showing his buddies his new 30-06
    the kid that had the new gun took a 30 cal slug to the chest/neck area and i heard it was nasty, really nasty
    Sorry to hear about the young lady in this story, hell i am sorry to hear about anyone getting shot over stupidity

  3. Jake December 10, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    So many lives ruined. Too bad that young man wasn’t taught proper gun safety.

  4. hardh8 December 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    What can anyone say to a story like this. I have a few questions though. Who owned the gun? Was it this 20 year olds gun? In the state I live in you can’t buy a handgun until you’re 21. If this 20 year old wasn’t the owner of the gun, how did he have access to it? I know the answers to these questions won’t bring this girl back to life. We all need to take care everyday becaue life is so easy to lose

    • Hillbilly Bob December 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      I thought you have to be 21 to buy a handgun off of an FFL but not face to face?, hell we carried handguns while hunting and trapping when we were 15 years old, they were only 22 caliber but they were handguns

  5. Alex F December 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Had someone point a loaded gun at me they thought was empty. Thank God it missed me and went through my counter. A very traumatic experience.