70 Year-Old Wichita Man Shoots Child During 'Quick Draw' Game

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) _ Police say a Wichita man who accidentally shot a child in the face over the weekend was playing a game.

The incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning at a home in the 5800 block of East Kincaid. That's near Mt. Vernon and Woodlawn in southeast Wichita.

Police say a 70-year-old man was at the home with a 14-year-old boy and 10-year-old boy. They say the man then began playing "quick draw" with the boys, using his .22 caliber handgun, and accidentally fired a shot.

Officers were called after the 10-year-old showed up at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. The child was grazed by a bullet and has since been treated and released.

Officers soon after arrested 70-year-old Robert M. Dugan. He was booked for aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.

Police say the boys aren't related to the man, but that he's friends with the 14-year-old boy's mother.

The man's next door neighbors say they heard the gun go off.

"I vaguely heard an explosion noise or a boom and the dogs started barking really loud," Jordon Gretz said.

Gretz, like many of the neighbors, is a parent and gun owner herself.

"It's always in the back of my mind that it could happen," Gretz said. "But we always take the extra precautions."

Taking the proper precautions is what Don Holman teaches to the people who come into his Bullet Stop gun range in southwest Wichita.

He says people should always assume a gun is loaded until they are able to determine it is not.

"I think a lot of people have confidence in themselves and they're kind of in a mode to satisfy and in that mode we sometimes don't follow good operating procedures," Holman said.

One of those procedures is to only use a firearm in a safe location.

"Number one, I don't allow children or other people to handle firearms in a home. That's just a no no," Holman said. "All firearms should be locked up at all times. The showing of a firearm to young people should occur at a range."

He says that's in part because people sometimes forget to check their surroundings.

"Primarily, people forget where other people are," Holman said. "When you are handling firearms, you want to keep (people) to the back side of you until (the firearms) are proven safe."

He teaches these procedures and others as part of his "making a firearm safe" exercises.

The man was booked for aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated child endangerment but no formal charges have been filed.


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