10-Year-Old Shoots Sister & Then Kills Himself, But Gun-Owning Parents Aren't to Blame

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firearmLast week, Coby Tucker shot his sister multiple times before turning the gun on himself. The ten-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, while his 15-year-old sister Ashley was treated for multiple gunshot wounds. She was listed in stable condition.

No motives have been established, and officials haven’t said yet whether the parents will face any charges.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said, “There is no reason for us to believe that this was a case of negligence by the parents … the firearm was in a secure safe, but the boy was somehow able to gain access. This is a terrible tragedy that happened and our thoughts are with the family.”

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Their mother Maura Tucker was home at the time of the shooting, but didn’t witness it. She heard multiple gunshots and called 911 after finding out what happened. Their father Curtis was at work.

What a sad story! I can’t even imagine what this family is going through right now. They’re dealing with the death of a child, the recovery of another, and they will probably never get any answers as to why this all happened.

There were no indications (at least from the outside) that this kind of thing might happen. Married parents, suburban home, two kids, no prior police investigations, and the guns were kept locked up. Coby was even probably taught proper gun safety as a child, as he clearly knew how to pull the trigger. This wasn’t an accidental gun going off after a kid found it in a nightstand with the safety off.

A gun owner that takes the time to lock his guns in a safe almost certainly turns on the safety when he’s done shooting. It’s probably automatic -- done without a second thought.

These parents did everything right when it comes to owning firearms. They kept them locked up. Their kids apparently knew how to handle them. How could they know that something was so wrong in their child’s brain that he would shot his sister and then kill himself?

This is a senseless tragedy, and my heart goes out to the Tucker family.

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Pinkmani Pinkmani

I come from a two-parent home in suburbia and let me tell you, there were times that my parents would argue for weeks on end and my brother and I would beg them to divorce... Now, they are in a better place, but there were many times where my brother and I would want to sleep at friend's or family's homes because the tension was so thick. 

RobJar RobJar

I agree with the above post. My parents were married for almost 20 years. They fought more than they laughed. And cried tears of pain more than years of joy. Just because they were married. Doesn't mean they were happy.

luvsc... luvschocolate

perfect argument for gun control ....

spiri... spiritguide_23

If this child was so disturbed that he would shoot his sister multiple times and then turn the gun on himself, it doesn't really matter where the gun came from. Even if his parents hadn't owned a gun, he would have found one somewhere else. Or used a knife. This is not the first time a child has been murderous. Look it up. There are several cases. True, most times they are the victims of abuse, but sometimes abuse is overlooked and not seen because the family "isn't that kind" of family. The reasons why this happened may never be known. My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy, especially the survivng little girl.

purpl... purpleflower514

Actually they are to blame- the guns were where that disturbed child could get at them.

DebaLa DebaLa

Thanks for a regurgitation of the original article.
I agree with the above posters here. The parents are to blame.
And if you've ever turned Lifetime Movie Network on, its true-crime programming is straight out of the cul-de-sacs where you live, Jenny (tho apparently on another planet). 

Jason Raymond

It's not like they just put it on a tall shelf and called it a day, and it's not likely they even knew their kid was "disturbed". 

I hate when people find stories like this and hold them up as "perfect arguments for gun control". Diarrhea kills more people than accidental gun deaths like this.

Jason Raymond

Oh wow. Using Lifetime as a guideline for real-life events. That can't go wrong.


nonmember avatar kevobx

The people love their weapons it's the so called freedom of having a stature of liberty. And the world itself needs a good shaken up by the most High. The ground is cursed, man cannot avoid an earthquake.

cmjaz cmjaz

A 10 year old! What could possibly make a 10 year old do that? I have a 7 year old that I still need to get his snacks for him. I cant imagine that a child just 3 years older than him could be so disturbed as to actually shoot someone and then himself. How awful

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