Eric Scott Hummel, 33, said he was teaching his twin boys, 10, not to play with guns when he shot his nine-year-old daughter Olivia in the forehead.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the dad had forgotten that he had reloaded the gun when Olivia walked into the room.
He pointed his 9mm Glock handgun at the girl and pulled the trigger.Screenshot/Fox 31
Hummel immediately called 911 and sat with his daughter. This week, an audio file of the phone call he made to emergency services was released by the Chicago Tribune.
On the call, Hummel can be heard saying:
Hummel: “I had my gun, and I pulled the trigger and I didn’t realize there was a bullet in there and I shot my daughter. Oh God, oh my God no, oh my God. I know CPR.”
911 operator: “Do you want to try it?”
Hummel: “Should I press on her chest? She’s got blood everywhere man […] What the f*** just happened. [To Olivia] Please don’t go. Oh my god, please don’t go […] She’s dead… she’s f***ing dead.”
According to Fox 31, Olivia was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where she was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.Screenshot/Fox 31
Court documents recorded by NWI Times showed that Hummel called Olivia’s mother after the 911 call and told her he had accidentally shot his daughter:
“I shot her. I’m so sorry. I was showing the boys the gun and it was stupid, it was so stupid.”
The twin boys later told police officers that their father had pointed unloaded guns at them and pulled the trigger before the incident. But they maintain that the shooting was an accident. According to the NWI Times:
The affidavit states one of the boys told police, “dad forgot he put bullets back in and shot our sister.” An officer asked one of the boys whether their father pulled the top of the gun back, which would chamber a round, and one of the boys advised, “Oh yes, He did that once.”
On June 12, Hummel was charged with reckless homicide, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, battery resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old, and two counts of neglect of a dependent.Screenshot/Fox 31
Hobart Police Chief Richard W. Zormier told the NWI Times that the department believes the incident wasn’t an accident:
“I believe this was a series of heinous and depraved acts committed by the suspect on June 10. His actions that day endangered the lives of all three children and ultimately stole the life of Olivia, an innocent 9-year-old girl. His actions caused the death of Olivia and likely scarred the boys emotionally for life.”
The Hobart Police Department shared the announcement of the charges on Facebook:
Members of the Indiana community were devastated to hear about the loss of the young girl and encouraged gun owners to practice safe gun control at home:
According to a new report in Pediatrics, 5,790 children are injured and 1,300 are fatally wounded by guns in the U.S. every year. It is the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 17 years old. More than one-third of the deaths of older children occurred because the shooter thought the gun was unloaded.
Some of his tips include:
- Teaching kids to stay away from guns and to report them to adults
- Role playing for kids to understand how to react in possible gun scenarios
- Practicing how to act around guns under peer pressure
- Placing replica guns in the house to test that the training is working
- Asking other parents about gun control in their homes
Hummel appeared in court on June 28 and pled not guilty to the felony charges against him.
He’s currently out on a $70,000 jail bond and is scheduled to back in court on August 24.