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Friday, February 1, 2013

Toddler shot in Johnson County

Posted: February 1, 2013 - 10:33am

Police say a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot yesterday afternoon, January 31, 2013, inside an apartment in the 6900 block of W. 52nd Street.

Mission Police say the boy's father was preparing to clean his Glock 9mm handgun. The gun was loaded and left unattended within reach of the young boy.

While the father's back was turned, the boy reached the firearm and pulled it towards himself. While doing so, the firearm discharged. The round traveled through the boy's forearm, into his abdomen and out of his lower body.

Johnson County Med-Act transported the boy to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, in critical condition. As of Friday morning, Police say the boy is now in stable condition.

Police have sent their investigation report to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office, who will review the case and determine if charges are filed. The father is not in custody.

Mission Police are also reminding the public of important firearm safety tips:

  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • When handling or cleaning a gun, adults should never leave the gun unattended
  • Lock the unloaded gun in a secure location. Use a firearm safe, locked box or a trigger or chamber lock to secure firearms. Hiding a gun is not enough to keep it out of reach of chlidren.
  • Lock the ammunition and store it apart from the gun.
Mission Police and Project Child Safe have cable-style gun locks available for free to Mission residents upon request. Additional information about Project Child Safe can be found on their website.

There have been three accidental shootings in Johnson County since December. More on those stories can be found here from Operation 100 News.

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