Authorities in Oregon are considering whether to charge an off-duty security guard who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter while practicing drawing his weapon.
Oregon City police spokesperson Lt. Jim Band said that 32-year-old Joseph Wade Wolters was at home on Sunday prepping for his new job as an armed security guard by holstering and unholstering a loaded weapon. Fourth grader Shayla May Shonneker was about 50 yards away when the gun discharged, sending a bullet through a wall and striking the girl in the face while she was playing outside.
The girl was later pronounced dead after being rushed to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital by LifeFlight helicopter.
According to KPTV, Wolters is currently a member of the military reserves, and received about 10 medals while serving in Iraq. Band said that he had been mistakenly arrested in 2007 after being declared absent without leave from the U.S. Army because of a mixup.
John Wetten Elementary School, where Shayla Shonneker was a student, activated its crisis-response team on Monday to help both students and adults cope with the tragedy.
“Many people on our staff were highly impacted by the news because of the close relationships they establish with the students,” Gladstone School District Superintendent Bob Stewart told The Oregonian. “We have made counselors available for anyone who wants to talk this over.”
In the wake of a December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has called for “armed security” in every school.
“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said in December.
Watch the video below from KPTV, broadcast April 15, 2013.
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GOP congressman demands Pelosi’s House floor statement be ‘taken down’ after she denounces Trump’s racist tweets
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday took to the floor of Congress to read a statement denouncing President Donald Trump's recent statements telling four congresswomen of color to go back to their home country.
"The comments are racist," Pelosi said. "How shameful to hear him continue to defend the offensive words. Words we have heard him repeat not only about our members but about countless others. Our caucus will continue to forcefully respond on these attacks which reflect a fundamental disrespect for the beautiful diversity of America. There’s no place anywhere for the president’s words which are not only divisive but dangerous and have legitimatized an increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
WATCH: GOP lawmaker has a meltdown on the House floor over resolution condemning Trump’s racism
As the House of Representatives debated a resolution that condemned President Donald Trump for making racist tweets, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) had an emotional meltdown in which he said Trump couldn't be a racist because he never specifically mentioned anyone's race.
On Sunday, Trump told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to "go back" to the countries they came from, despite the fact that all four women are American citizens and three of them were born in the United States.
Duffy, however, insisted that there was nothing racist about telling American citizens of color to "go back" to foreign countries even though most of them were born in the U.S.
GOP strategist calls Trump ‘a vile racist’ — who is counting on white voters being just as racist as he is
Republican strategist Rick Tyler told MSNBC Tuesday that President Donald Trump is clearly doubling-down on his attempts to court an all-white voting bloc for 2020. Tyler called it "vile" and "racist," noting that he doesn't say those words lightly.
Citing Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker, Tyler agreed that the Republican Party is trying to twist the issue to make it about ideology and not race. However, Trump never attacked specific issues; he told the women to go back to their countries of origin and called them terrorists.