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

Monday, June 4, 2012

3-year old Chicago girl gets hold of father's gun during traffic stop

Police pulled over a vehicle in Chicago because two children in it weren't wearing seatbelts or using child seats.  When they asked an occupant of the car to step out, a 3-year old girl in the car got hold of the man's loaded .9mm handgun.  Police got her to drop the weapon.

Also in the car, besides the other child, was a male driver, the girl's mother, and the girl's grandmother, for a total of six people.

From an article:
Queshawn King, 19, of the 3300 block of West Monroe Street, was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon for having a loaded weapon inside the vehicle, misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child, and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, police said.
King was one of six people inside a vehicle that police stopped because they saw two children inside who were not in car seats or wearing seatbelts late Wednesday night in the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue, according to a police report.
As a police officer walked toward the vehicle, the officer saw King, who was in the rear passenger seat making “furtive’’ downward movements toward the 3-year-old child who was in the center rear seat of the vehicle.
The officer asked King to step out of the vehicle to talk to them and found King to be “extremely nervous,’’ according to the report. He was breathing heavily, stuttering and his hands were shaking.
During their discussion, the officer heard King yell: “Fatty, Fatty, Fatty” -- the 3-year-old’s nickname -- several times.
A police sergeant who was approaching the vehicle’s front passenger side then saw the toddler holding a handgun while sitting in King’s seat, the report said.
When the sergeant tried to recover it from the child she threw the loaded 9 mm weapon to the floor of the vehicle, according to the report.
The gun had eight live rounds in it, but it did not discharge at any time. No one was hurt.
The other occupants -- a man who was behind the wheel, and the 3-year-old’s mother and grandmother -- were also interviewed and they told police the gun did not belong to them.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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