SNELLVILLE – A 7-year-old is recovering at a hospital in Atlanta after police say his 9-year-old stepbrother accidentally shot him with his stepfather’s gun.
The gun was left unsecured inside a car the children were sitting in. The car was parked outside a Chipotle in Snellville.
The child’s mother was inside ordering food at the time of the shooting.
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It is not clear exactly where the gun was located inside the car, but Chipotle employees called police for help and looked after the child.
“Some kids came in and they screamed that someone shot him. One could see the visible gunshot wound coming out of his ear. We just stayed here and put pressure on the wound until the paramedics came. The mother was right there. It was she who put a towel on his wound, ”said Johanna Cervantes, who works at Chipotle.
Snellville police are still conducting numerous interviews to determine whether to prosecute. Meanwhile, their advice to gun owners to keep their guns is always secured. They said many of the lock cases for weapons are cheap.
In recent months, several children have either been seriously injured or killed in Georgia after being around an unsecured gun with another child.
Sunday night, another family was on guard for a 6-month-old shot and killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Grayson Fleming-Gray died in his car seat in the back of his mother’s car on January 24. Two people have been remanded in custody.
This is the fifth child injured in a shooting this year at the Atlanta subway station. Three children have been killed with weapons this year.
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According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 4.6 million minors in the United States live in homes with at least one loaded and unsecured firearm. 70% of parents reported that their children could not access firearms in their household on their own, but over a third of the children belonging to these households reported that they could access the firearm in less than five minutes.
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