August 5, 2014 12:00 pm -

A 5-year-old playing with a gun ended up shooting and injuring a 3-year-old girl in Colorado, according to police who determined the shooting to be “accidental.” The girl was listed in critical but stable condition on Monday after the shooting.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that police believe two other children were playing with a handgun in the backyard of a home.

According to police say a 9-year-old boy got the handgun from inside the home, then a 5-year-old got the gun and pointed it at the girl.

The victim’s mother was home at the time.

The 9-year-old was asked by police how he was able to manipulate the handgun, and he responded saying he, “learned it from video games.”

The mother and her boyfriend, identified as 22-year-old Adrian Chavez, were present at the home at the time of the shooting. Chavez fled the scene but was taken into custody at around 3:15 p.m.

The child who pulled the trigger will not be charged, according to the paper.

But Chavez will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury for leaving the weapon unattended.

A nearby neighbor who was doing yardwork at the time, said she heard an adult female yelling and then saw a child screaming hysterically followed by a single gunshot that she said echoed through the typically quiet neighborhood.

“Birds started flying and I knew it was a gunshot but wasn’t sure where it had come from,” she said.

Craig Jay was painting a house nearby at the time of the incident when he heard what he believed was the sound of a large firecracker. He said he saw a fire truck arriving, then saw a woman run out of the house holding a limp child.

“She was screaming and they told her to take the child back in the house and they all ran in the house,” he said.

H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks.

Image: The Pueblo Chieftain

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

17 responses to 5-Year-Old Shoots 3-Year-Old Girl In Colorado

  1. Teddy Simon August 5th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    The mother needs to be charged with dating a dumbass

    • Suzanne McFly August 5th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I have to completely disagree with that because unfortunately most of us women do that at some point in time, we don’t have the great choices you men get. 🙂

      • Teddy Simon August 5th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        LOL , now thats was funny not completely true but funny , believe me I have dated some wackos , I guess it’s like good men , good women few and far between . But I blame myself for dating them not anyone else .

        • Suzanne McFly August 5th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

          I blame myself also, I am a joker and it seems like I look for men that are going to provide me a lot of jokes. At this point in my life, I could almost fill a book shelf of comedies lol

      • DaddyO_969 August 5th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        Uh huh. If you say so. lol

  2. Kara August 5th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Both of those “parents” need to be charged and spend a very long time in jail. Not intelligent enough to have a gun nor children, if you ask me.

  3. Foundryman August 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Child abuse is a good start, but these people need to start getting charged with a serous crimes like conspiracy to commit murder or something when kids find a loaded weapon.
    I’m glad this story at least didn’t label it an accident, this is anything but a accident. I’m sick and tired of all these kids getting killed or hurt because we allow any idiot who can breathe to buy a gun.

  4. MIAtheistGal August 5th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    But Chavez will be charged with child abuse…

    Good! These are not accidents. Lock your freaking guns and ammo up if you insist on keeping them

  5. RioBravoHombre August 5th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This was NOT an “accidental shooting.” This is negligence, and or, child abuse. I own a shitload of firearms…and a 1200 pound, 3 inch thick SAFE TO KEEP THEM IN!!

    • John David Peer August 5th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Did you read the article?

  6. Herb Sarge Phelps August 5th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    See it isn’t the gun owners fault for not safeguarding a dangerous tool, it is the kid’s fault for not obeying firearm safety rules. This is why we don’t want everyone carry guns where ever they feel like it. Accidents do happen due to human error and like the doctor here in Phoenix who went to Sky Harbor Airport and got arrested for unintentionally pointing his AR-15 at some people. He wasn’t purposely pointing it at them but they were scared and felt it was endangering them, which he could have shot them accidently or intentionally. Either way they would be shoot and/or killed due to his thinking he had his safety on which he might not have as he thought.

    • John David Peer August 5th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      So who got hurt in Phoenix? What was the “accident”?

      How many accidents have these open carry zealots had so far?

      In the above case, the gun owner is to blame (I ‘get’ your sarcasm) and will be charged. The laws work…gun owners take heed.

      And you uber-far left gun haters take heed of what influenced/prepared the boy to utilize the firearm.

      Violent video games.

      Gee, where have we been hearing THAT from?

      • Herb Sarge Phelps August 6th, 2014 at 12:27 am

        First you prove your lack of reasoning by declaring me as a gun hater even though I am probably more qualified to own a gun, and can probably out shoot you any day of the week. I was trained by the United States Air Force, shot at an expert level, faced life or death situations with my weapon that I carried every day I work. So I don’t have a problem a problem with guns since they are just tools and nothing more. It is pure biasness and lack of sense on your part to post that I hate guns, I don’t love or hate tools just the people (apparently you are one) who shows they lack reasoning in using that tool that can wound or kill others.

  7. jasperjava August 5th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    This wouldn’t have happened if the theee-year-old was armed as well.

    • John David Peer August 5th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      This must be another example of that “liberal compassion and empathy” you told us about, eh?

      • jasperjava August 5th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        Exactly. Showing the absurdity of the heartless right-wing gun nut position is an act of compassion that people like you will never understand.

        Children’s lives matter more than the absolute right to bear arms. I know that you’re not even able to wrap your Gun-obsessed mind around the concept.

      • jasperjava August 5th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Interesting that when a tragedy like this strikes, you’re incapable of expressing compassion and empathy yourself, and only want to whine about liberals who are disgusted with the carnage that the pervasive gun culture is wreaking across the United States.

        Your sick obsession with instruments of death has crippled your humanity. When you love guns more than the safety of little children, there’s something seriously wrong with you.