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Authorities say a 7-year-old boy was shot to death when a gun accidentally went off as his father was getting into his truck outside a western Pennsylvania gun store.

The boy was shot Saturday morning at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Store owner Leonard Mohney says it happened in the parking lot.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the boy was shot when his father’s handgun went off as the man got into the truck while holding the gun.

Police say 44-year-old Joseph V. Loughrey told them he had emptied the magazine but didn’t realize a bullet was still in the chamber. Seven-year-old Craig Allen Loughrey was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

State police are investigating the shooting as an accident.

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  • LevitiCuss
    December 9, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.

    If this idiot had followed basic gun-safety protocol, his kid would be alive. Every gunshow or function where guns are traded that I have ever attended required an open receiver- usually with a big zip-tie blocking the action. Very sad.

  • Packman
    December 9, 2012 at 9:03 p.m.

    Hey djigoo - Does the CEO of GM cheer everytime a child dies in an automobile accident? You are an idiot.