Man ‘Accidentally’ Shoots 9-Month-Old Son In The Head
You know how you’re cleaning your gun, then accidentally shoot your 9-month-old baby son in the head? Me neither, but that’s what happened on Wednesday evening to a Kokomo, Indiana
At around 5:00 p.m., 31-year-old John Hambaugh III was getting ready to clean his handgun in his kitchen.
Authorities say a round was accidentally left in the gun and discharged when Hambaugh was beginning to clean it. The round went through Hambaugh’s thigh, then struck his son’s head.
When police arrived, they found the homeowner and his 9-month-old son were both suffering from a single gunshot wound.
Police believe the child was standing next to Hambaugh at the time of the incident, according to The Indy Channel.
“It was pretty scary. The whole neighborhood ran out here and tried to help. It wasn’t much we could do. A little bit later the dad came out. He had shot himself in the leg also. The bullet went thorough his leg and into the kid’s head,” neighbor Tone Burton said.
Hambaugh and his son were taken to a local hospital then the child was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children and remains in critical condition.
Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers said, “You have to first ascertain that the weapon is not loaded. I can’t drive that point enough. If you take a class in responsible firearm handling, that is the first thing they tell you. You have to check and double check to make sure that the weapon is not loaded.”
And then there’s that thing about not pointing a gun, loaded or otherwise, at anything unless your intentions are to obliterate it.
Hambaugh was treated and released from the hospital.
The case remains under investigation.
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