HOBERT, IN — "I had my gun and I pulled the trigger and I didn't realize there was a bullet in there and I just shot my daughter… Oh god… Oh my god, no!"
On June 10, 33-year-old Eric Hummel was clearly distressed while explaining to the 911 operator how he accidentally shot his daughter. A half hour later, the innocent young girl would be dead.
While teaching his son about gun safety inside his home, he explained that guns are dangerous and can kill people, therefore never play with them, he stressed. Moments later, his 9-year-old daughter entered the room. Thinking the pistol was "empty," according to court records, he aimed at his daughter and pulled the trigger, exploding a round into her forehead at nearly point-blank range.
"She's got blood, man, everywhere!" Hummel shouted during the 911 call. "Please don't go. Oh my god. Please don't go."
Hummel was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail with various neglect charges as well as reckless homicide.
Following the shooting at a press conference, the Hobert Police Department stated this was a "senseless tragedy" and described how every one of the responding police officers were deeply impacted by the traumatic scene.