24-year-old Matthew Bairney lives in the apartment above the Long family on Seawall Court. 3-year-old Keneja Long was struck in the arm just before midnight Tuesday when the gun he was cleaning went off.Here's a tip I learned. It's very, very, very difficult to get a cleaning rod down a bore when there is a round in the chamber blocking it. I know, doesn't make sense, huh? Anyway, unloading a gun before cleaning it solves that problem.
And another pro tip. If you accidentally discharge your gun because you were playing cowboys and ninjas with it, then fess up. Because nobody believes that bullshit story about you cleaning it anyway.