Hamilton, OH Shooting, Mar 1927

Hamilton Daily News, Saturday, March 5, 1927
“John Deininger, Paralyzed Since Accident in His Room Feb. 4, Succumbs - Youth Who Aided Moving Exonerated”

John “Peggy” Deininger, 55, laborer, died at Mercy hospital Saturday. Death was the result of a wound received Friday, February 4, when a rifle in the hands of John Gardner, 16, was accidently discharged, the bullet penetrating Deininger's spinal cord, causing complete paralysis below the hips. Prior to shooting Deininger had been engaged in moving his personal effects from the house, where he had been rooming, Lane and Owen streets, to the home of Cash Smith, Central avenue, near Short street. He had engaged John Gardner, son of John G. Gardner 1258 Lane street, to assist him.

Handed Over Rifle
One load had been taken away and Deininger and Gardner had returned for the remainder of his effects. Deininger was engaged in rolling a dresser when he asked Gardner to hand him a .22 calibre [sic] rifle standing in a corner. The boy picked up the rifle and extended it toward Deininger. The weapon was discharged just as Deininger started to turn away from Gardner. The bullet entered the back of the former. An X-ray examination taken later found it had entered the back near the left dorsal vertebrae, touching the spinal cord.

Limbs Paralyzed
Deininger was removed to Mercy hospital where it was found his lower limbs were completely paralyzed. In a statement Dieninger said he had not known the rifle contained a bullet. He had known it, he said, he would not have asked the boy to hand the weapon. The condition of Dieninger was regarded as serous from the time the examination revealed the nature and extent of his injury.

Services Tuesday
Deininger died at Mercy hospital at 2:45 this morning. He was a native of Hamilton and had spent his entire life in this city, being widely known. Surviving members of Deininger's family include three brothers Joseph, Otto and Robert Dieninger, a sister Mrs. M.J. Feeney, with other relatives and friends. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 8:30 o'clock at the house of Mrs. M.J. Feeney, 1795 Kahn avenue, and at 9 o'clock at St. Joseph's church. Internment in St. Stephens cemetery. Friends may call after noon Sunday.