Colorado girl, three, shot by 5-year-old
boy wielding handgun
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[August 05, 2014]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Colorado
girl was shot and critically wounded by a 5-year-old boy on Monday with
a handgun belonging to her mother's boyfriend, police said.
Pueblo police said in a statement that a 9-year-old boy was
playing with a handgun in the backyard of a home in the morning when
he gave the firearm to the 5-year-old, who pointed it at the girl
and fired, striking her once.
The bullet entered and exited the toddler's body without breaking
any bones, police said. She was airlifted to a Colorado Springs
hospital where she was listed in critical but stable condition after
having surgery, they added.
"When the 9-year-old was asked how he was able to manipulate the
handgun, he said he learned it from video games like Black Ops,"
The two boys who handled the gun will not face charges, because of
their age, police said, but they would investigate how the older boy
got the weapon.
The girl's mother, whom police had not identified, was present at
the home when the shooting took place. Her boyfriend, Adrian Chavez,
22, who was also at the home, fled the scene and was apprehended
five hours later, police said.
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"Chavez will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily
injury for the gun that was left unattended," police said, adding
that he had an outstanding, no-bond warrant for failure to appear in
court in an unrelated case.
(Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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