SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A three-year-old Suffolk boy was taken to the hospital after an accidental shooting in the Applewood Farms neighborhood.
Suffolk Police say the child suffered non life-threatening injuries when he shot himself with his parent’s handgun Feb. 17.
The toddler remains hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Officers were called to a home in the 200 block of Jonathans Way. When they arrived, they found the boy shot in the upper shoulder.
“Very sad, very sad,” said Erin Moore. “I’m really hoping the child survives and does well.”
The mother was the only adult home when the incident happened. Police say a 2-year-old child was also home at the time of the incident.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and say charges are pending against the mother.
Neighbors and police tell 10 On Your Side they hope this shooting serves as a reminder for all gun-owning parent’s to think about safety first.
“You should definitely make sure your guns are out of reach, locked up, protected and have some kind of trigger guard on them,” said Christine Carter, who lives down the street. “Put the keys up in a different place [and] always keep your ammunition in a different place than your guns. That way this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen.”
The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office say all residents qualify for a free gun safety lock. Those who are interested can stop by the office located in the Godwin Courts Building at 150 North Main Street.