Pa. man accidentally shoots and kills 7-year-old son in gun store parking lot

Joseph Loughrey, 44.

A 7-year-old child was shot and killed by his father in the parking lot of a Mercer County gun store yesterday afternoon in what is being investigated as a tragic accident, according to a report from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Victim Craig Allen Loughrey, 7.

Police said 44-year-old Joseph Loughrey was reaching inside his truck to place a .9 mm Taurus handgun in its center console shortly before 11 a.m. when the gun went off, striking his 7-year-old son, Craig Allen Loughrey, who was in the backseat. The child was shot in the chest and died on the scene.

Craig Allen and Joseph Loughrey appear to have shared a close

relationship, as seen in photos the proud father posted on his

Facebook page.

Loughrey was outside Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. He had just left the gun store after trying to sell two firearms – the handgun and a scope rifle, according to investigators. The storeowners turned him away and Loughrey was reportedly loading the weapons back into his car when the handgun discharged. 

Craig Allen Loughrey.

Loughrey was questioned by state police at the Mercer barracks, where he told them he had emptied the gun’s magazine and did not realize there was still a bullet in its chamber, police said.

Joseph Loughrey is a truck driver who enjoys hunting and fishing,

according to his Facebook page.

Authorities are now reviewing the gun shop’s surveillance video and deciding whether to file charges against Loughrey. He could possibly face manslaughter and negligence offenses, according to the report.

Craig Allen Loughrey.


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