A sample of deaths by gunfire this year of children age 12 and under based on an Associated Press review of media reports:
Jan. 23 — Jaymee M. Steward, 7, is accidentally shot in the head while he and his brothers, ages 4 and 13, play in a bedroom of the family home in Morristown, Tenn., with a .22-caliber gun they mistake for a toy. Jaymee dies three days later.
Feb. 20 — Delric Miller, 9 months, is struck by gunfire when an attacker sprays the Detroit home he is in with an AK-47. Authorities say the gunfire is gang-related.
March 10 — Jenna Carlile, 7, is shot while in the family van with her 3-year-old brother, who grabbed the .38-caliber revolver left in the car by their father, a police officer off duty at the time. The children were left alone in the van in Stanwood, Wash. Jenna dies the next day.
March 18 — Aliyah Shell, 6, is struck in the stomach by gunfire outside her Chicago home when a shooter opens fire from a pickup. She dies that evening.
June 2 — Matthew Butwin, 7, is found with his parents and two teenage siblings in the Arizona desert in an SUV. Their bodies are burned but officials later confirm the children and mother were shot by their father, who then killed himself.
June 4 — Angel Mauro Cortez Nava, 14 months, is shot by a teenager who rides by on a bicycle and opens fire on the boy’s father, who is standing on a sidewalk and cradling the infant near his Los Angeles home.
Aug. 5 — Mikhese Hood, 12, is accidentally shot in the neck by his 16-year-old brother when the gun the teen was trying to uncock went off at their Birmingham, Ala., home.
Oct. 20 — A 4-year-old boy is killed by a neighbor who sprays bullets at the boy’s family’s home in Inglewood, Calif. The boy’s father is also shot while shielding his son and two other young children, who survived. The neighbor then kills himself. The boy’s name is not released.
Dec. 15 — Aydan Perea, 4, is shot when two men stop behind the car he is sitting in with two other men in Kansas City, Mo., and open fire. Police say Aydan is the victim of a gang dispute.
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