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11 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year

11 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year
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There have been at least 11 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.

Just this week, a 24-year-old Phoenix woman was killed after her boyfriend's gun discharged as he pulled it out of his waistband. See the details on the 11 shootings below.

See also:
-Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate Going Up in Arizona
-Arizona One of Few States Where More People Die From Gunshots Than Car Crashes

State health department statistics show that around 11 shooting deaths in a year isn't extraordinary -- it's certainly a lot fewer than the 26 in 2002.

11 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year
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2013 "accidental" shooting deaths:

12.) Manuel Ortiz

This one isn't included in the total count, since it took place on New Year's Eve, 2012. According to Phoenix police, Ortiz's sister, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez, accidentally shot and killed Ortiz while they were posing for photos together, with a gun to Ortiz's head.


 
11.) Unidentified Glendale Man

Glendale police say Joe Colter, a 20-year-old Glendale resident, admitted he and a friend were joking around when he unintentionally shot and killed the friend, who was not named. Colter had purchased the gun from an online classifieds website.


 
10.) Justin Stanfield Thomas

Thomas, an Army veteran, was visiting a friend in Prescott Valley, when his 4-year-old son found the gun in the man's apartment, and shot his father, killing him. Police say the man who lived at the apartment apparently wasn't expecting Thomas to come over, which was why the gun was out.


 
9.) 11-Year-Old Joan Plumb

Plumb was at home with her friends in Casa Grande when she was shot by one of those friends, who had picked up a rifle that belonged to Plumb's older brother.


 
8.) Nathen Noyes

Noyes' wife had apparently been handling the gun inside their Mesa home when it discharged, striking and killing Noyes, who was 60 years old.


 
7.) 17-year-Old Raymond Berryman

Berryman was killed after he and his friends allegedly burglarized a home, and stole a gun from that home. Ladajianna Mosely, who was 15 at the time, was allegedly playing around with the gun after the burglary, and fatally shot Berryman. She's facing a murder charge, as an adult.


 
6.) Francisco Pacheco-Lozania

Pacheco was killed in Seligman, while hunting prairie dogs with his 12-year-old son. Pacheco apparently walked in front of his son right as he pulled the trigger, and was shot in the head. He died later that day.


 
5.) Amanda Encinas

Encinas' boyfriend, 23-year-old Matthew Walsh, was showing off his new gun when it discharged, striking Encinas in the hip. The bullet hit an artery, and it killed her. Walsh faces a manslaughter charge.


 
4.) 3-Year-Old Darrien Nez

Darrien shot himself in the face after finding his 35-year-old grandmother's gun. The boy found it in a backpack -- the same backpack where police found grandma's meth pipe. The grandmother, Rachel Spry, faces several charges.


 
3.) 13-Year-Old Brady Baker

Brady, from Wickenburg, was shot by a friend in what appears to be an accident. The 13-year-old shooter got the gun from his father, who thought he should have the gun to protect himself.


 
2.) Gary Wingate

Wingate, of Prescott Valley, was accidentally shot and killed by his wife last month. Wingate asked his wife for his shotgun, and although she didn't like handling firearms, she did it, and the gun discharged, striking her husband.


 
1.) Amanda Mosley

Amanda Mosley was being hugged by her 18-year-old boyfriend at a home near 86th Avenue and Camelback Road on Tuesday, but the hug was uncomfortable to her since her boyfriend had a handgun in his waist. Police Mosley's boyfriend -- whose name wasn't released -- pulled the gun out of his waistband, and it discharged, hitting Mosley. She died in a Phoenix hospital.


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