5-Year-Old Shoots 3-Year-Old Girl In Colorado
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.
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