Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Three small children left alone in car with gun point gun at officer

A Memphis, Tennessee woman, 23-year-old Erica Rooks, decided to leave her three small children in a car with the engine running while she went to have her nails done. Turns out there was a loaded gun in the car, too. When police investigated, one of the children pointed the gun at the officer.

From the article:

Police say Rooks left a four-year-old, a two-year-old and a nine-month-old alone in her car, where she kept a loaded gun, while she was getting a manicure at Beautiful Nails Salon.

When officers arrived, they found the children in a black Chevy Impala with the car still running. The car windows were fogged up and the children were jumping back and forth between the front and back seats, according to police.

Rooks told police she went inside the salon to use the bathroom, but an officer saw her name on the salon's list for a full nail service.

Police also said while Rooks was looking for her driver's license, she pulled a bag of marijuana out of her coat pocket and hid it in her center car console. An officer eventually found the bag in her car.

During the incident, police also saw one of the children pointing what looked like a silver handgun at them. An officer took the gun and saw it was real and loaded with three rounds.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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