Thursday, 29 June 2017

'Oh my god no!' Tragic 911 call of father begging his daughter, nine, 'please don't go' after he accidentally shot and killed her while teaching his sons about gun safety

 Eric Hummel, 33, is facing charges battery, neglect and reckless homicide over the shooting death of his nine-year-daughter, Olivia

Between frantic breaths and sobs, a Hobart father told a 911 dispatcher, "This can't be real."
Eric Hummel called 911 for his 9-year-old daughter, Olivia Hummel, at 5:06 p.m. on June 10. Authorities said he inadvertently shot Olivia in the head while teaching his sons to not play with guns. The girl died about a half an hour later at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
Olivia Hummel was shot in the head on June 10 inside her family home in Hobart, Indiana, when her father's gun accidentally went off
Eric Hummel is pictured hugging Olivia and standing with two of his young sons after a Spartan Race
The emotional 911 call, opens with the sounds of breathing as Hummel, waiting for a dispatcher to answer, said, "Oh my God." After the dispatcher figures out Hummel's location, he asked, "What's going on there?"
"I had my gun, and I pulled the trigger. I didn't realize there was a bullet in there, and I shot my daughter," Hummel replied in a panicked voice.


Olivia is seen with a woman, believed to be her mother, Mandy Zormier, in this picture posted online

Eric Hummel is picutred driving Olivia and two of her brothers after a local football game

The nine-year-old (pictured) had been in a room with her brothers and father at the time of the accident


The call, which the Post-Tribune obtained in response to an open records request, lasts about five minutes. It offers new insight into the moments immediately after the shooting, which has shocked the Hobart community and led to criminal charges against her father.
In the weeks since the shooting, community members gathered at a vigil at Hobart High School to remember the "sweet" and "sassy" girl.
Eric Hummel, 33, bonded out of Lake County Jail after being charged earlier this month with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, battery resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old, reckless homicide and two counts of neglect of a dependent, court records show. He has his first court hearing Wednesday.
According to court records, Hummel told police he was showing his sons his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and told them "not to ever play with it because it can kill someone." When his daughter walked in the room, Hummel pointed it at her and pulled the trigger, "thinking it was empty," according to court records.



Olivia was shot in the left upper forehead from a distance of about 2 to 3 feet, an autopsy at the Lake County coroner's office found, according to court records.
During the 911 call, the dispatcher assured Hummel that emergency responders were on the way, but in the meantime, he asked if the father wanted to try CPR.
"Should I press on her chest?" Hummel said.
"Yes," the dispatcher replied.
"She's got blood, man, everywhere," Hummel said.
The dispatcher tried to keep the distraught father focused on performing CPR and checking for a pulse, according to the call.
"She's not breathing," Hummel told the dispatcher.
The dispatcher asked if anyone was with him, and Hummel said his sons, ages 10 and 9, were there, their voices indistinct in the background. The dispatcher told Hummel to send the boys to another room to wait for emergency responders.
"Go downstairs, please guys," Hummel said.
The dispatcher can be heard typing as he collects information about where Hummel is in the house — an upstairs hallway — to help emergency responders get to him quickly.
Throughout the call, Hummel said over and over, "Oh my God."
"What the (expletive) just happened?" Hummel said in disbelief.
Hummel can then be heard whispering, "Please don't go. Oh my God. Please don't go."
Sirens start to blare in the background, and Hummel yelled to the boys downstairs to make sure the door is open and to "help them come up here."
As the sirens get louder, Hummel yelled, "upstairs, please," and other voices come into the background of the call.
"Go ahead and hang up and let them take over," the dispatcher said.
"OK, bye," Hummel quickly said and hung up.
Hobart Police Department held a press conference a couple of days after the "senseless tragedy," and Lt. James Gonzales, department spokesman, said "this event has impacted each and every officer and civilian staff member at the police department."
Chief Richard Zormier offered his condolences to the girl's family and said that Hummel's "actions that day endangered the lives of all three children and ultimately stole the life of Olivia, an innocent 9-year-old little girl," Zormier said.
Hummel's attorney in his criminal case, Paul Stracci, said his client is "absolutely devastated" and "the idea that Eric knowingly endangered any of his children is ridiculous."
"Anyone who knows him knows he loves his kids more than anything in the world and would never do anything to hurt them," Stracci said.
Hummel plans to plead not guilty Wednesday, according to Stracci.
Leading up to the hearing, Stracci filed a motion for police to return Hummel's cellphone to the defendant for "his employment obligations and ability to conduct daily life activities."
"The defendant's cellphone is not being held as evidence in any way connected to any charged offense," the motion states.

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