A 12 year old girl in Columbus, Ohio, died of a gunshot wound after a neighbor accidentally fired his gun while cleaning his apartment. Columbus police were called to an apartment in Fairfield County after 9 p.m. on December 2 to get a report of a shooting.
Victim was 12-year-old Lidia Ghide, who lived in one of two apartments on the top floor of the building. According to police, 42-year-old Eric Carpenter, who lived in the apartment across the street, was cleaning a rifle when it was unloaded.
Carpenter’s bullet went through Carpenter’s front door into Ghide’s apartment and, according to police, hit the girl in the neck.
The Columbus police department said in a statement: “Upon arrival, officers found 12-year-old Lidia Ghide suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was transported in critical condition to Mount Carmel East Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m.
“The investigation revealed that 42-year-old Eric Carpenter was handling a rifle in his apartment when the gun was fired. The shot fired left Carpenter’s apartment and hit and fatally wounded Lidia, who was in an adjacent apartment.
“Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact CPD Homicide at 614-645-4730 or the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).
The department added, “This is the city’s 151st homicide in 2020.
Carpenter was arrested and charged with negligent homicide by Columbus police. The police said there was no evidence that the shooting was intentional.
Another neighbor started a GoFundMe fundraiser for the family of Lidia Ghide to pay for the funeral costs.
“Please donate to help the family of Lidia Ghide. I am her neighbor,” the fund-raiser said.
“Last night I held Hermela Gebremeskel after her daughter Lidia was shot by another of our neighbors. This family urgently needs professional cleaning services and has to pay the costs for a funeral of COVID”.
Hundreds of American children gain access to firearms each year and accidentally shoot themselves or someone else, according to the Everytown for Gun Safety campaign group. Each year, nearly 350 children under the age of 18 accidentally shoot themselves or someone else, the organization reports.
In 2020, there were at least 246 unintentional shootings of children, resulting in 103 dead and 150 injured, according to the group’s Tracker #NotAn Accident Index.
Firearms are the leading cause of death among children and teenagers in the United States, according to the group. Each year, 16,000 children and young people are shot and killed or wounded and about three million are exposed to firearm violence.