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Man Fatally Wounds Himself While Changing Diaper

A young father has died after shooting himself accidentally while changing his daughters’ diaper in Vestavia Hills, AL, on Saturday.

Capt. Johnny Evans of the Vestavia Hills Police Department said 22-year-old Timothy Roshun Smith was changing the diaper of his young daughter in the back seat of a vehicle outside a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant.

When Smith either moved or reached into the diaper bag on the floor board of the vehicle, he inadvertently triggered a handgun inside.

The bullet traveled up, through his leg, through his daughter’s leg before becoming lodged in his chest.

Smith was passed away 2 days later at a nearby hospital at 2:10 on Monday afternoon. His daughter is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said in a statement about the shooting, “This was a tragic accident and condolences from the VHPD and VHFD go out to the family involved.”

This tragedy highlights the necessity of a proper holster that protects the trigger. This is especially important when carrying concealed off body because of the tendency for the trigger to be inadvertently pulled when someone rummages around inside the bag. As we can see in the case above, the consequences are potentially fatal.

While this is unfortunately a common way to be injured by a negligent discharge, the remedy is simple, but effective and could save your life.

Having a dedicated bag to carry concealed off body is  very important. This needs to be a purpose-built bag that allows easy access to your weapon, but keeps it secure at all times.

Off body concealed carry can work well if the limitations are well understood and planned for. But keeping your self-defense weapon in your diaper bag may not be the best location.

Read this article by Jacob Paulsen on some considerations that should be made when deciding to off body carry.

What lessons do you think can be learned from this negligent discharge? Leave a comment below to let me know.


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