Eric Hummel, a 33-year-old father from Indiana, has been charged in the death of his nine-year-old daughter. Hummel accidentally shot his daughter in the head while teaching his other sons about gun safety.
Newly released 911 audio reveals the moment that Hummel called police after he shot his daughter, Olivia, shortly at 5 PM on Sunday, June 10, inside their in Hobart, Ohio home.
Hummel had been trying to teach Olivia and her twin 10-year-old brothers about gun safety when he pulled the trigger without realizing it was loaded.
He can be heard saying in the clip: “I had my gun, and I pulled the trigger and I didn’t realize there was a bullet in there and I shot my daughter.”
An officer found no pulse and attempted chest compressions before Olivia was taken to St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., where she died at 5:25 p.m., according to the Lake County coroner’s office.
An autopsy Saturday did not rule on the cause and manner of her death pending further investigation. Prior to the gun going off, Hummel had told his two sons not to play with the gun because “it can kill,” police said.
The gun was unloaded when Hummel was showing it to his sons, police said. He later re-loaded the gun, but forgot he had done so. He told the boys “never use a gun” and “this is why” before he pointed it at his daughter, who had just walked into the room, and shot her in the head.
“He shooted her,” one of the boys told officers, police said. “They were playing.”
According to Hobart authorities, Hummel was recklessly playing with his 9mm Glock when he shot and killed Olivia. Futhermore, Hobart Police Chief Richard Zormier blasted Hummel’s actions that day as ‘heinous and depraved.’\
Hummels faces charges of reckless homicide, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, batter resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old and two counts of neglect of a dependent.