Three-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead By Drunk Man While Playing With A Gun
A 3-year-old Montana boy was fatally shot in the back last week by an intoxicated man who said he didn’t realize that the firearm was loaded while they were playing, according to prosecutors.
26-year-old Galen Hawk is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Lonato Moran-Allen on Wednesday.
[su_center_ad]The two lived in the same northwestern Montana residence, but weren’t related, according to the Associated Press.
However, a tribute page set up following the boy’s death lists a Galen Hawk as one of the boy’s uncles.
According to what Hawk told investigators, he saw the boy holding his gun on Wednesday evening and took it away, court records stated.
Hawk said the boy then ran down the hallway, looking back toward him while pretending to shoot a toy gun. That’s when Hawk says he pointed his gun at the child in response and pulled the trigger, while believing the gun wasn’t loaded because the magazine was in his pocket.
The autopsy found that the bullet entered the little boy’s upper back near his right shoulder and exited through his lower chest on his left side.
The boy was transported to the hospital by Hawk and two other residents of the house, where he died only weeks before his fourth birthday. Hawk tried to perform CPR on the boy before taking him to the hospital.
Hawk had been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade prior to the shooting and was “buzzed,” he told investigators.
“He chose to take a handgun … a .380 handgun, loaded, while he was intoxicated, and pointed it at a child,” Lake County Deputy Attorney James Lapotka said.
Hawk did not enter a plea and his bail was set at $100,000, according to the AP.
Hawlk’s Public defender Matt Pavelich, told the court that Hawk would like to attend Lonato’s funeral on Tuesday, but the judge did not make a decision on that.[su_csky_ad]