A 3-year-old toddler got hold of a gun and shot his 18-month-oldbrother in Hillsboro, 70 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday Afternoon.
The wounded child was immediately transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville. The victim was hit in his head by the bullet fired from a 25 calibre pistol. Police said the 3-year-old toddler was not harmed. Investigators are still wondering how the child got access to the handgun. "There's no doubt the 3-year-old shouldn't have had access to it", said Sheriff Steve Graves.
March 6 th, 2015
On Wednesday, the wounded child was in a stable condition but is still breathes with the help of a ventilator. “This is very tragic. [It is] very hard and emotional to work with a little one like this. And I have kids that are just a little bit older than that at home also,” said Sgt. Danny Farrell with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.
A grandparent is now taking care of the toddler and authorities are carrying out a series of investigations before handling the case over to the district attorney.
Similar incident two months ago
A 5-year-old child accidentally shot his 9-month-old brother in Elmo, Missouri (USA), on 19 January. The shocked mother of the two children, who witnessed the accident, told police that her 5-year-old son had shot his little brother. The little boy was transported to Children's MercyHospital in Kansas City, where he succumbed to his injuries. Police stated that he had received a 22 calibre bullet in the head. The weapon was hidden on a shelf in the parents' room where the baby was kept.
2-year-old shot his mom
Still in the United States; a 2-year-old accidentally killed his 29 year-old mother after he took her gun from a concealed compartment from her purse in Walmart supermarket, Hayden, reported several US media last December.
The mother was doing shopping with her child when the boy found the gun and accidentally shot and killed her. The store surveillance camera proved the shooting was accidental, reported the local media. Authorities at the time said the mother’s gun licence might not have been valid anymore.
These series of tragedies should inspire debates on the carrying or detention of weapons, not only in the United States but worldwide.
Gun possession entails severe precaution
Gun possession is a matter of security. Owning a gun at least gives a person a fighting chance in case of assault or burglary but it also increases the risk unintentional shootings at home, especially if there’s no proper precautionary safety measure in place. Owning a gun also increases your chances of becoming the victim of a firearm-related homicide or suicide.
Possession of firearms is not guaranteed by SA laws. Possession of firearms is banned except in limited circumstances and must only be possessed with a license and authorisation issued under the provisions of Firearms Control Act (FCA). Firearms must be kept in a safe at all times when not being used.
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