Few good things ever come from a trip to a Chuck E. Cheese. Last week was no exception when a three-year-old boy, pictured above, found a loaded .380 pistol in an SUV. From cbslocal.com:
Fort Worth Police said It happened in the parking lot shortly before 6:00 p.m. when the children were getting into a vehicle after another child’s birthday party.
“Two 3-year-old boys were getting out of the passenger side of vehicle and one of the boys located 380 caliber pistol in a storage area that’s below the side of the passenger side front door. (One of them) evidently picked up that firearm and it went off in his hand,” said Fort Worth Police Spokesperson Marc Povero.
The bullet went through the child’s hand, then hit his three-year-old friend in the back and exited his abdomen.
One of the responding officers had a quick clot pad as part of his first aid kit, and applied it to the body wound. His action may have saved the other boy’s life.
Both boys were rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center, one in serious condition.
Authorities have yet to determine whether any parents will face criminal charges for what happened.
“Right now it does appear to be an accidental shooting. One child is in good condition with a gunshot going to the hand. The other child is in serious condition but he’s going to make it,” said Povero.
It is unknown if any charges will be filed.
Small children manage to get into everything. The safest place for your gun is on your hip or in your safe. Leaving a loaded, functional, unattended pistol in a car with multiple toddlers is almost asking for tragedy. The little boys’ parents are our irresponsible gun owners of the day.
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