Ashton Blake Salvato

Ashton Blake Salvato, 27, of Killeen.

A police report revealed more details about a tragic shooting that killed a 3-year-old girl Saturday in southwest Killeen.

According to an arrest affidavit, a witness told police that the young girl’s father, 27-year-old Ashton Blake Salvato, was “playing with a gun” when he shot the young girl.

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(7) comments

Bubba

what a tragedy

OverYourShoulder

"I really think the only legislation that needs to be passed is that more training be required prior to gun ownership."

**Kansas bill removes training for gun owners**

Maybe you should run for the legislature before this becomes the norm in more places, like Kansas.

Bubba

rights don't revolve around training

VLR

Wow. What a bad-A beard he's got. Bet he's Trouble. The kind of guy You Don't Want To Cross.

He's gonna love it in jail as a Toddler Shooter.

coywatch1

This is really a shame. He probably cleared it with the magazine still in the magazine well. Now he has to live with the fact he killed his daughter. I really think the only legislation that needs to be passed is that more training be required prior to gun ownership. It's folks like this that give those responsible gun owners a bad rap.

Bert Sierra

Coywatch1: I totally agree with you that safety training would be a huge improvement. I would also like such training to be held over more than just a single session. As an example, I don’t own a car (pedestrian + bicycle rider by choice), but though my job at a construction company I received DDR-4 defensive driving safety certification over the course of a couple of weeks, as I remember it. That bit of safety training has not only informed me to be a safer pedestrian and cyclist, but also helps when I am riding with someone else driving and can spot an unsafe situation in advance.

A little knowledge, concern, and forethought can go a long way towards preventing needless deaths like this one. I laud safe gun owners, but it concerns me when safety training isn’t made a condition of the sale. We train folks how to safely use automobiles (though DDR-4 certification is above and beyond the norm), how is it possible that we don’t do the same with guns?

Bert Sierra

Coywatch1: I totally agree with you that safety training would be a huge improvement. I would also like such training to be held over more than just a single session. As an example, I don’t own a car (pedestrian + bicycle rider by choice), but though my job at a construction company I received DDR-4 defensive driving safety certification over the course of a couple of weeks, as I remember it. That bit of safety training has not only informed me to be a safer pedestrian and cyclist, but also helps when I am riding with someone else driving and can spot an unsafe situation in advance.

A little knowledge, concern, and forethought can go a long way towards preventing needless deaths like this one. I laud safe gun owners, but it concerns me when safety training isn’t made a condition of the sale. We train folks how to safely use automobiles (though DDR-4 certification is above and beyond the norm), how is it possible that we don’t do the same with guns?

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