BRIGHTON, Ala. (WIAT) — We don’t know how, we don’t know who; we do know that two 4-year-old children had no business playing with a gun Friday night.
Brighton Police tell us two adults were in the living room watching television and playing video games when a .38 special handgun went off, critically injuring one of the children.
“That’s messed up,” Neighbor Donald Dancy says. “You shouldn’t have no guns around no kids nowhere (sic). If you’re gonna have a gun, you need to have it locked up.”
Valerie Jackson knows what guns, when in the wrong hands, can do. She says her step-daughter died because of gun violence.
“There should be laws that govern that,” Jackson says, “Because that’s senseless. That’s senseless what happened to that baby.”
Jackson and her granddaughter will be praying for the little boy.
“People all around are gonna pray because this is a time that we come together, no matter what,” Jackson says,” Because violence needs to stop. Because guns need to be put in places where they’re supposed to be.”
Police are trying to determine whether the 4-year-old shot himself or was wounded by a playmate the same age. Lt. Ray Hubbart says he doesn’t know whether the gun was left out in the open or if the children found it stashed in a drawer or some other part of the room.
The injured child underwent surgery Friday night at Children’s of Alabama for a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in intensive care Saturday.