In one of those rare accidental discharges, where a young child shoots himself or another, a three year old boy, pictured above, found a loaded .380 pistol in the white SUV. A police officer stated that the pistol was apparently in the side pocket of the SUV when the two boys, running ahead of the parents, accessed the vehicle before the parents arrived. One boy found the pistol and began manipulating it. He managed to fire it.
The bullet went through his left hand. The bandaged hand can be seen above. The projectile then hit his three-year-old friend in the back and exited the front of the abdomen.
One of the responding officers had a quick clot pad as part of his first aid kit, and applied it to the body wound. His action may have saved the boy's life. Both children were transported to the hospital and are expected to survive.
It is unknown if any charges will be filed.
Three year old children would not normally be transported in the front seat. But children are very inquisitive and explore everywhere. It would have been better for the pistol owner to have taken the gun with them, keeping it under their control. No 30.06 or 30.07 signs were visible in the images of the Chuck E. Cheese's where the family had been customers.
Everyone involved in this incident is wishing that they had altered their actions in some way to prevent the shooting.
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