A three-year-old Pueblo, Colorado girl is in critical but stable condition after being shot by a five-year-old who was playing with a handgun.
According to police, a nine-year-old boy managed to get ahold of a handgun that was in the house. He was playing with the gun in the back yard when he handed it to the five-year-old, who pointed it at the girl and fired. The bullet passed straight through the girl’s body without breaking any bones.
Police questioned the nine-year-old about how he was able to handle the gun. He told them that he learned how from video games. Police are investigating how the boy got the gun.
The victim’s mother, and her boyfriend, identified as Adrian Chavez, were at the home at the time of the incident. Chavez fled the scene and was later arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court in another case. Police said that there will be no charges against the boy who fired the gun, due to his age.
Chavez will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury because he left the weapon unattended. There may be other charges as the investigation continues.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports that neighbors say that the situation at the home where the shooting occurred is “volatile.” They say that the children are frequently seen wandering the streets unattended. One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told the paper:
There’s always screaming and yelling coming from that home. The police are no strangers to that home.
Another neighbor says, “There are a lot of people in the neighborhood who take care of those children.”
Here’s a news report about the incident, from Colorado Springs station KKTV: