Accidental shootings of kids rare in northern New England

(The Associated Press/Holly Ramer) — An analysis of accidental shootings involving children shows few incidents in northern New England, though Vermont stands out due to its small population.

The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network analyzed the circumstances of more than 1,000 accidental shootings involving children, using information collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group.

Altogether, they found five incidents in northern New England between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30 of this year. There was one death and three injuries in Vermont, and one injury in Maine.

Though the number in Vermont is small compared to many states, so is Vermont's population. With four shootings, Vermont ranks 10th highest in its per capita rate of accidental shootings involving minors.

The rest of the New England states have among the lowest rates in the nation.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


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