Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
16-year-old dies after boys find handgun
By THOMAS LAKE, Times Staff Writer
Published August 24, 2007
MOON LAKE - Two boys were alone in a house Wednesday afternoon. They were playing in a bedroom. And they found a loaded 9mm handgun.
Exactly what happened next is unclear. Authorities say they can't be sure why the gun went off in the hands of a 16-year-old boy. But it did, striking that boy in the head.
The other boy, who is 11, ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Rescuers flew the wounded boy to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
His name was Joseph Coonradt. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.
According to sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin, Joseph had been reported as a runaway nearly half a dozen times since July. His mother had tried to get him help, but she said a judge denied her request to have authorities commit him to an institution.
Joseph was in a house just up the street from his home when he found the gun.
"We're trying to figure out whose gun it is," Tobin said. "There could be a child neglect issue."
Was the shooting an accident?
"We may never know exactly what was going through Joseph's mind," Tobin said.