Four-year-old’s death is grim reminder of pellet gun dangers

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RICHMOND, Va. – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday night for a 4-year-old girl who died after being shot by another juvenile with a pellet gun.

The family of Geonna Bradley is inviting the public to bring candles and pink items to the 6 p.m. vigil being held in the 1500 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Bradley died Friday night when she was shot in the chest inside her Richmond home. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, paramedics were unable to save the child’s life and she was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center.

On Saturday, Geonna’s grandmother, Barbara Bradley, tearfully talked about the accident.

“I just want to see her and I miss her so much," Bradley said. “I’m sorry that this tragedy happened.”

While Richmond police are calling the incident a tragic accident and say no charges will be filed, the event reveals potential dangers posed by non-powder guns, such as BB guns, pellet guns and paintball guns.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says high velocity air guns can cause severe injuries, even death, if not used properly. They are also not regulated by the U.S. Government.


Marlon Dance, the owner of Dance’s Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights, says he’s never heard of such a tragic incident involving a pellet gun. However, Dance acknowledges some high velocity pellet guns can discharge a pellet up to 1,000 feet per second.

Dance showcased an older model pellet gun that could discharge pellets at 800 feet per second.

“Which would be enough power at close range to probably kill a squirrel off a bird feeder,” Dance said.

Dance says most of his customers use pellet guns to target rodents because residents are not allowed to discharge firearms within city limits or close dwellings.

When it comes to children, the CPSC recommends that children under the age of 16 not use a high velocity BB gun, paint or pellet gun. They also recommend adult supervision and warn that the guns should never be aimed at another person, including the shooter.

The Commission also advises air gun shooters to use safety eye gear, since such guns are often linked to severe eye damage.

RELATED: Family asks for prayers after 4-year-old girl killed by pellet gun


  • Becky

    “Slanted” Media will control it’s coverage to PC “Gun Control” and again cover, cover up, and
    make PC “accident” of prevalent lack of controls and supervision of America’s children.
    Then Free, speed dialed Access to Media for one segment of the population.
    New Era “Rebranding” of PC Society.

    • Becky

      Ludicrous to keep pretending you can’t SEE PC when it is Published here every day; you are reading it, and
      you keep pretending, acting, and performing party platform is Perfectly “Correct”.
      “I’m coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs!”, today G. W.?

  • divalicias (@divalicias)

    Where I live we’ve had issues with parents allowing children — some as young as 6 years old — to roam the common areas of our HOA with their air guns and pellet guns. The kids are playing war games in the woods, shooting these guns, no protective gear, no adults supervising nearby. Unarmed kids who are playing on the playground are caught in the crossfire when the baby gunners come through. When the little darlings get bored shooting at each other, they target people’s pets, shooting at dogs through fences. Why do people buy these guns for kids and then just turn them loose to terrorize a neighborhood?

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