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Father Shows Son ‘Guns Can Kill’, Kills Daughter in Process

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Wow, one Indiana father is having a horrible day after trying to teach his son that guns can kill. He taught him alright, but unfortunately it came at a cost.

Eric Hummel’s gun discharged as he attempted to teach his children not to play with guns reports CBS Chicago.

“She’s dead. She’s f—ing dead,” he said as officers arrived to see him kneeling next to his daughter, Olivia Hummel. She was laying on the ground unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers tried to revive the girl with chest compressions, and she was taken to St. Mary Medical Center. However, it was too late, and she was pronounced dead at 5:25pm.

An autopsy Saturday didn’t reach a conclusion on the cause and manner of her death, pending further investigation.

Prior to the gun going off, Hummel had told his two sons not to play with the gun because “it can kill,” police said.

The gun was unloaded when Hummel was showing it to his sons, police said. He later re-loaded the gun, but forgot he’d done so.

He told the boys to “never use a gun” and “this is why” before pointing it at his daughter, who had just walked into the room, and shooting her in the head, authorities say.

“He shooted her,” one of the boys told officers, police said. “They were playing.”

The boys also told officers that their father had pointed the gun at them and pulled the trigger at each before it was loaded, police said.

“Pop pop pop,” the kids told officers their dad had said, prompting one of the boys to run away.

When Hummel called his wife to tell her what happened, she dropped the phone and started screaming, she told police.

“I shot her. I’m so sorry,” Hummel told his wife, as he cried, according to police. “It was so stupid.”

Eric Hummel was taken into custody, and was being held in the Lake County Jail.

Hummel is facing charges of: reckless homicide, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, batter resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old, and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

All of those charges are felonies.

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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