Eric Hummel, 33, has been charged with five felonies after he shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter as his twin 10-year-old sons looked on.
The Indiana man was teaching his sons a lesson about gun safety when the tragedy occurred, according to CBS Chicago.
Reportedly, he was telling the boys to “never use a gun” when his daughter walked in the room. He is said to have pointed the 9 mm Glock at her, told both sons “this is why” and then shot poor Olivia Hummel in the head.
When police arrived, they found Hummel kneeling next to his daughter, muttering “She’s dead. She’s f—ing dead.”
“I shot her. I’m so sorry,” Hummel told his wife, as he cried, according to one officer. “It was so stupid.”
According to authorities, the 33-year-old thought the gun wasn’t loaded, forgetting that he had loaded it just moments before.
Obviously, due to the felony charges, this is not being treated as an accident. Hobart Police Chief Richard W. Zormie is coming down hard on Hummel.
“I believe this was a series of heinous and depraved acts committed by the suspect on June 10,” the police chief said, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana. “His actions that day endangered the lives of all three children and ultimately stole the life of Olivia, an innocent 9-year-old girl. His actions caused the death of Olivia and likely scarred the boys emotionally for life.”
His sons also talked to police when they arrived at the scene of the tragedy. They told officers that Hummel even pointed the gun at them, and pulled the trigger, before it was loaded. The two boys also clearly remember their father loading the gun, just before killing 9-year-old Olivia.
“Dad forgot he put bullets back in and shot our sister,” one boy told police. “They were playing.”
“Pop pop pop,” one said, prompting the other to run away.
Lt. James Gonzales said that both boys were “in good hands” and that child protective services are actively involved.
Hummel faces charges of reckless homicide, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, battery resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old and two counts of neglect of a dependent.
He is being held in the Lake County Jail.
[Featured Image: Hobart Police Department]