HPD: 5-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself Saturday morning.

It happened at an apartment in Mason Court around 9:30 a.m.  Police say the boy suffered a gunshot wound in his left hand during what police said appears to be a  self-inflicted shooting.

Huntsville police said officers made contact with the child and his mother at Huntsville Hospital.

Although the investigation is ongoing, police said the shooting appears to be accidental. Criminal charges are pending following the outcome of the investigation. No arrests have been made.

13 comments

    • Jamie Norton

      I do not understand… What does which state one lives in, have to do with this sort of thing?!? I am pretty sure the 5 year old did not do it on purpose. He probably thought it was a toy gun because unfortunately, they do make toy guns…

      • Wake Up

        You may be correct. That is my point. Only in gun rabid states would it be an “accident” to leave a loaded gun around for a five-year old to mistake for a toy!

      • Wake Up

        Branko, these types of events do not occur in places like Massachusetts with the frequency that they do here in the South.

    • Branko Pezdi

      First, accidental shootings are way down toward the bottom of the list as far as accidental deaths in the U.S., and of these, half involve children (age 18 or under). The stats correlate with the rate of gun ownership, which admittedly is higher in the South. However, to imply as you do that Southerners are more careless with their guns than non Southerners is not borne out by the facts.

      • Branko Pezdi

        To ‘Wake Up': I guess I’m not sure what your point is. Your original jab-at-Alabama post is clearly tongue-in-cheek. Or maybe not. Perhaps you do have some sort of prejudice against “suthuhnuhs”. But I am sure you would be hard pressed to prove that on a PER CAPITA / PER GUN OWNER basis, that there is a higher incidence of gun accidents than elsewhere in the country. Note the term PER CAPITA. Cheers!

  • dia summerford

    Why was there even a loaded gun in the house with a five year old? I’m all about gun rights. But people, You need to teach your children to respect all fire arms! We have guns. But they do not stay loaded in the house

  • Mike

    An unloaded gun is worthless. Keep a loaded gun in a quick open safe. If you need it in an emergency it will be too late to load it. I have two daughters that grew up with loaded guns in the house. They were also taught how to shoot at a young age. They not only respect the firearms but they also are very accurate with them, know how to clean them and know that they do not touch them without me being there.

      • Branko Pezdi

        Actually, the stats are pretty clear. In households where gun education and responsible gun ownership are given primacy, there are very few gun accidents with kids. And as I pointed out before, there is no epidemic or rash of gun accidents. Methinks you’re exhibiting a bit of paranoia with respect to ordinary law abiding Americans owning guns. Cheers!

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