Investigation continues after 4-year-old accidentally shoots himself

Investigation continues after 4-year-old shot

There are new details in the case of the 4-year-old boy who accidently shot himself in the leg on Wednesday, according to Warner Robins Police.

Police Chief Brett Evans says the little boy is doing well in the intensive care unit at an Atlanta children's hospital.


He says this case could have been much worse and that's why he says securing your guns if you have young children is crucially important.

At 3:41 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, police responded to North Commercial Circle in Warner Robins. 

Police say the 4-year-old boy shot himself in the leg in a parked car while his mom was picking up food.

Chief Evans says even though the case is considered an accident, the mother could still face charges.

“Based on the circumstances. So, depending on what kind of safeguards were put in place, what did the gun owner, the parent, what had they done to try and secure the weapon? Was the child able to surpass any of those? Was the gun left out in the open? Was it holstered? There's a lot of factors that have to go into that to see exactly what precautions were taken,” Evans said.

Four children, all under the age of 5, were in the car when the shooting took place.

Police are still investigating where the gun was located in the car, who it was registered to, and what precautions were taken to keep it out of the children's hands

That's why Centerville Gun and Pawn Owner Patrick Young says it's important to have locks for your weapons when you've got children in the house.

“Kids are mischievous, so it only takes a second for them to get out of sight and find something they shouldn't find. And then they're also curious so they're going to want to investigate and see how something operates,” Young said.


Young recommends a variety of safety measures to keep the guns safe and secure around children. He says most new guns come with a trigger lock or a cable lock that makes it impossible to shoot the weapon.

Young also says you can purchase portable car safes or safes for your home that have keys, combination locks, or even biometric locks. He says prices can range from the mid-20s to hundreds of dollars.

When WMAZ requested the incident report on Thursday, the Department sent the following response:

“This report is not subject to release because each and every report of child abuse which is in the custody of the department or other state or local agency is declared to be confidential, and access thereto is prohibited except as provided in Code Section 49-5-41 per O.C.G.A. 49-5-40(b).”

Chief Evans explained that exemption later in the day, “Well anything that involves an injury to the child, because of that child’s age, can automatically fall into that exemption with the abuse site, because it could be a reckless conduct, it could be an endangerment, more than just a direct, like a battery charge would be.”

At this time, no charges have been filed in the case. 

Chief Evans said the investigation should be completed in the next few days. 

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