Tragedy struck in Florida, USA: a father left his gun unattended in a hotel room where his son found it – and shot a one-year-old girl with it.
An eight-year-old boy shot dead a one-year-old girl and injured another toddler with his father’s gun in Florida.
The father had left his gun in a hotel room, where the boy found it, played with it and then accidentally fired a shot, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Chip Simmons, said. The shot first hit the one-year-old girl, then the bullet injured another two-year-old. The girls’ mother was the gun owner’s girlfriend, a multiple-time felon, Simmons explained at a news conference.
After Sunday’s incident, the 45-year-old father returned to the hotel room in Pensacola and, according to investigators, initially hid the gun and drugs, Simmons said. He will now be charged with possession of weapons as a convicted criminal, obstruction of the investigation, culpable negligence and improper storage of a weapon.
“What we have here is a 14-time felon who has a gun with his girlfriend at a local motel; he leaves the gun, does not secure it properly, allowing his eight-year-old son to pick up the gun and fire; he kills a one-year-old and injures a two-year-old,” Simmons said.
The two-year-old was not seriously injured, Simmons said. Her twin sister, who was also in the hotel room, was not physically injured.