Volume 39, Issue 3 (May 1994)

    Deaths Due to Firearms Injuries in Children

    (Received 13 August 1993; accepted 28 September 1993)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    There has been a marked increase in firearms-related deaths in this country over the past several decades. Especially in urban areas this increase has been correlated with a greater availability of handguns. Children have become more common victims of gunfire. Both accidental and homicidal shooting deaths have increased in the lower age groups. We examined deaths due to gunfire in children ten years and younger in Cook County, Illinois, which contains the large city of Chicago. Homicidal shootings predominated in this age group with the most common circumstances being a child struck by a stray bullet. Accidental shooting deaths always occurred when one or more children were playing with a gun they found in the home.


    Author Information:

    Lifschultz, BD
    Deputy Medical Examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, Chicago, IL

    Donoghue, ER
    Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, Chicago, IL

    Choi, E
    Deputy Medical Examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, Chicago, IL


    Stock #: JFS13646J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13646J

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    Title Deaths Due to Firearms Injuries in Children
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30