Pregnant mother dies after being shot by child in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A 28-year-old woman was killed Friday after being shot with a shotgun inside a Kalamazoo home, according to Kalamazoo Police.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeffrey Hadley told FOX 17 that a 12-year-old with a mental impairment shot the woman through a wall while she and the child's family were sleeping.   The incident happened at a home in the 700 block of Dwight Street.

Family members have identified the victim as Debbie Christner.  Hadley said she was a friend of the child's family. He said the shooting is believed to be accidental.

The grandfather of the 12-year-old shooter said that Debbie Christner had been staying at the house for about a year and was two months pregnant.

"She asked if she could stay until she got back on her feet, get her own place and I said sure and my daughter had gotten her a job working at McDonald's. She was doing really good there. She was becoming a manager," said Daniel Hummel, grandfather of the 12-year-old shooter.

Hummel said that his grandson took the key to his gun safe out of his clothing pocket while the family was asleep. The boy then took a shotgun out of the safe, and loaded it. Hummel said that in an attempt to remove the bullet, the weapon fired. The shot went through the dinning room wall, into the living room where Christner was sleeping.

"My daughter Jen said, 'Debbie is bleeding,' and we turned the light on and you could see all the blood, and I seen the gun laying there," said Hummel.

Hummel said that Christner was breathing, but passed away when paramedics arrived.

"With his mental condition, he doesn't realize it. He knows he was wrong putting the bullet in the gun, even touching it, but he doesn't realize," said Hummel.

Hummel also said that he has taken the boy on several hunting trips and he was trained to use the gun.

The 12-year-old is not being charged with any crime as of Friday night.

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    • Rebecca Phillips

      Who the fuck are you too say something like that you ignorant little fuck. My dad ain’t no killer unless you’re a deer and it’s hunting season and my nephew is special not a tard.


        My dad is an idiot for leaving the key in a spot where our tard could easily steal it, open the safe, load the gun, and shoot her. It really sucks because our family is going to lose everything we have, which is about $100.

  • Beckie Harmon

    something is not right here .. why did he shoot threw the wall and the gun was laying next to her ? why did he put a bullet in chamber and then want to get it out ? why was it someone else that found the body ? didn’t they hear the gun shot ? who did this girl get pregnant by ? this boy was competent enough to go hunting , yet is not mentally competent enough to know what he did ? I sure hope they investigate more !

    • Nicole

      No where does it say the gun was laying next to the woman. No where does it say no one heard the shot. No where did it say the case was closed…And just because someone has a mental handicap does not make them unable to tag along on a hunting trip with their grandfather. These kinds of things happen every single day, they are called accidents. We are all human and accidents happen. I think it is irresponsible to assume anything at this point, especially from the very short quote given by the grandfather. The police will investigate… That’s their job!


        Freak accidents are things like lightning strikes or drowning due to a raging current. Having a potato purposely steal a key, open a safe, load up a shotgun, and kill someone isn’t a “a freak accident”. It’s bad parenting. Makes you wonder who the real tard is in this situation. My heart goes out to the victim’s family, who now lost two loved ones because of one idiotic one.

  • nolan

    i worked with the lady the helmethead shot her if he loaded the gun he fuckin knew helmethead or not hes a murderer and should be charged as one kid or not oh well the tard took more than just one life

  • Victoria

    Sure as shit wish you didn’t work with us at Galesburg McD’s. You’re a bigot for using words like “tard” and being so inconsiderate during this time of mourning. Go to hell.

  • kaitlyn wolf

    Deb was my friend & the little boy is my cousin.
    It was truely a freak accident.
    She is truely missed & loved.
    && anyone that puts a rude comment on this should keep there mouth shut, he didn’t know what he did.

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