A Texas man shot his wife dead in their home after mistaking her for an intruder.
The unidentified man said he thought he heard noises at the front of the house and saw a flashlight at about 4:15am on Saturday. He believed someone was breaking in and in a moment of careless impulse grabbed his gun and fired. His wife, Deborah Kelly, was hit in the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The husband has been questioned by police and has not been charged yet.
The couple’s neighbor Dale Hollrah believes the shooting was an accident.
"It's horrible, horrible, and she was just a wonderful person. I have to believe that it was an accident, a very tragic accident," Hollrah told KSAT.
Even if Kelly’s death was an accident, the shooting itself points to the inevitable problem that keeping guns in the home poses. Studies indicate guns in the home actually increase the likelihood of gun-related violence and death rather than preventing crime. And in addition to poor defense, gun owners are actually more likely to injure themselves or another as opposed to stopping a criminal. This heartbreaking shooting proves as an exemplary case of not only the problem of gun violence in America but the issue of gun safety as well. It’s not just aim before you shoot, but to make sure you clearly know exactly what your target is.
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