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

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

9-year old Downs Syndrome boy gets gun under bed and shoots his cousin

A 9-year old boy with Downs Syndrome, and his mother, from Kentucky were visiting the boy's 76-year old uncle and 16-year old male cousin in St. Petersburg, Florida.  That's when the 9-year old found a loaded, unsecured .45-caliber Glock handgun and pointed it at his older cousin, then pulled the trigger, injuring the teen in the hand and neck.  Two assault rifles, and AK-47 and an AR-15, were also unsecured under the bed.

From the article:
A 76-year-old father was the owner of a gun that was used on his teenage son by a 9-year-old cousin Saturday, according to police.
The victim, 16-year-old Anas Jaber of 817 85th Ave. N, spent a night in the hospital after he was shot in the hand and the neck with a .45-caliber Glock pistol. Detectives will turn over the findings of their investigation to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office this week, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.
No arrests have been made.
According to Puetz, three weapons — the pistol, an AK-47-style rifle and an AR-15-type rifle — were kept in the home under the bed of the father, Jaber Mohammed Jaber. Police confiscated the weapons, though the elder Jaber was legally allowed to own the weapons.
It was unclear how the 9-year-old boy, who was visiting with his mother from Kentucky, got ahold of the pistol. According to a police report, Anas Jaber was playing video games in the home about 3 p.m. Saturday when he noticed that his cousin was pointing a gun at him. The teen raised his left hand and told his cousin to put the gun down when it went off.
A bullet passed through Anas Jaber's hand and went into his neck, police said. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and released after being treated for superficial wounds.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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