A 6-year-old boy remains in critical condition after his 4-year-old neighbor shot him in the head with a rifle in the younger boy’s backyard with a gun he found in his parents’ home. So sad.
After an unidentified 4-year-old boy found a .22-caliber rifle in his home, he then shot his 6-year-old neighbor while the boys were playing in his yard in Toms Park, N. J.
Horrific Accident Angers Neighbors
The younger child’s parents called the police after the “tragic incident,” Police Chief Michael Mastronardy told ABC News. “Right now, we’re keeping this child in our prayers, and I ask everyone to do the same.”
The accident that left the 6-year-old in critical condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center has upset neighbor Debi Coto.
“I’m sad for the children involved and their families, but I’m angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it,” Debi said. “A 4-year-old can’t load a gun. I had just been telling my sister how nice it is to see kids playing together and enjoying themselves, and then this happens.”
Debi didn’t hear the gunshot, but was home at the occurrence, and told the police that she had not known the children as they were new to the neighborhood.
Children With Guns: A Disturbing Recurrence
This isn’t the first scary story of kids with guns — just two days prior on Saturday, April 6, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee accidentally shot and killed Josephine Fanning, the 48-year-old wife of Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning.
The boy reportedly picked a gun up off the bed of his father’s bedroom when the deputy was showing his weapons to a relative. According to Sheriff Robert Bryan, the weapon discharged, hit Josephine, who died on the scene.
So sad. We will be keeping both of these families in our thoughts.
WATCH: ABC News Reports On Horrifying Shooting
— Emily Longeretta