According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer children are dying from unintentional gunfire. (AP Photo)

CDC: Fewer kids dying from accidental gunfire

According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer children are dying from unintentional gunfire.

In 2009, the CDC reports 96 children under the age of 18 were killed by accidental gunfire nationwide. The number has been trending downward since 2006, when there were 125 deaths.

In Washington state, where two children have been accidentally shot to death in the past week, the average number of kids under 18 who die each year from unintended gunfire is one.

On Saturday, a 7-year-old girl was shot to death by her sibling inside a van in Stanwood, Wash. Her father, a Marysville police officer, had left a loaded firearm in the glove compartment of the family van.

On Monday in Tacoma, a 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a gun he found in the family car while it was stopped at a gas station.

The last time two kids were killed from accidental gunfire in this state in the same year was 2006.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, there are an average of nine children under the age of 18 hospitalized each year due to unintentional gunfire.

An 8-year-old girl remains hospitalized after she was critically injured at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school in February when a 9-year-old classmate brought a handgun in his backpack. The gun accidentally discharged.

Brandi Kruse, KIRO Radio Reporter
Brandi Kruse is a reporter for KIRO Radio who is as spontaneous and adventurous in her free time as she is on the job. Brandi arrived at KIRO Radio in March 2011 and has already collected three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting.
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