Another Child Killed With A Gun – 11-year-old Hunter Pedersen
Saturday evening, 34-year-old Chad Olm was arrested, charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children. He is being held at Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. He killed his 11-year-old nephew, Hunter Pedersen, a fifth grader in the Wallenpaupack Area School District.
Hunter was visiting his grandfather, who lives in a gated community in Delaware Township. Chad Olm, Hunter’s uncle, lives in the basement and has a gun collection. According to the police report, Hunter asked Olm to see the guns. Olm told police that he opened his security safe and began showing his weapons to the nephew, and his son, who was also present. He insisted that he did not keep the guns loaded.
Raw Story reports;
“After letting the boys handle three handguns — a .357 Magnum revolver, a .22 revolver and a 9 mm — he then pulled out a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun that was equipped with a laser sight.
Olm stated that he did not check to see if there was a round in the chamber, but said that the handgun did not have a magazine in it. Olm said that he pointed the laser at the walls and ceiling. And then he pointed it at his nephew.
“Look, you have a red dot on your forehead,” Olm recalled one of the boys saying. “
Olm said that Hunter reached for the gun, and he pulled the trigger. Hunter was shot once above the eye.
Blooming Grove State Police station commander Lt. Chris Paris said that the family is devastated. “It goes to show that the safe handling of firearms is a must. The family has lost something that they can never replace.”
Our prayers and good thoughts to the family as well as with Chad Olm, whose conscience must be heavy. The purpose of guns is to kill. They are not toys. Once a bullet is fired, it cannot be called back.
May Hunter rest in peace.