Father Won’t Be Charged In Shooting That Left Young Son Dead

MERCER, Pa. (January 16, 2013)--A Pennsylvania father won't face charges for the accidental shooting death of his 7-year-old son outside of a gun store, prosecutors say.

The Herald of Sharon reported Wednesday that Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems announced he won't charge Joseph Loughrey, 44, in the Dec. 8 shooting death of his son, Craig.

Police said the boy was buckling himself into his safety seat in his father's truck when a handgun accidentally discharged as his father got in the front seat.

Kochems says Loughrey had removed the magazine from the pistol, but didn't realize there was still a round in the chamber when he tried to sell the gun at Twig's Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township.

When the sale didn't go through, Loughrey brought the gun back to the truck, where it accidentally fired.

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