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

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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