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Boy, 3, Fatally Shot By Mother’s Boyfriend During Game With Gun

Tue, September 17, 2013 11:10am EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
3-Year-Old Boy Shot
Courtesy of LaPorte County Sheriff's Office

So horrific. Zachariah Grisham, 24, has been charged with two felonies — neglect and reckless homicide, after accidentally shooting Lance Wilson, 3, while “playing a game” with a loaded gun.

On Sept. 15, Lance Wilson was fatally shot by his mother’s boyfriend, Zachariah Grisham. According to prosecutors, Zachariah forgot that he was holding an actual loaded gun, and it ended in the death of the innocent little boy.

Zachariah Grisham Shoots, Kills 3-Year-Old Boy

The police were called at about 3:30 PM on the 15th, where they arrived at Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park in Michigan City, Ind. Lance’s mother and Zachariah explained what happened.

“It was a game where one would point a fake gun and then the suspect had taken the real gun and pulled the trigger, and it was loaded,” Det. Sgt. Andy Hynek of La Porte County Sheriff’s Department told ABC Chicago. “When you pull the trigger at the wrong time, wrong situation, you can’t bring somebody back. The biggest thing is education.”

Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi spoke to CBS Chicago, explaining that “a child pointed his finger at the defendant like he was shooting gun playing a game and he pointed a gun out and shot the boy.”

He also added that Zachariah said he forgot the gun was loaded.

On Sept. 16, Zachariah appeared in La Porte County court, where he is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Lance Wilson’s Death: ‘Everybody Is Devastated’

Neighbors said that Lance was on Zachariah’s lap when the gun went off.

“As an adult, you should know better than to play a game with a 3-year-old with a gun. You never know what could happen. And in this case, it went off and a little boy had to die,” neighbor, Kim Vansickle told ABC.

Another neighbor, Chris Scholze, added: “Everybody’s very devastated, but like I said we didn’t know him. But still hearing the fact of a child getting shot, it’s just devastating for us all. Have a weapon, but use common sense with it. I’m not against weapons — but common sense.”

— Emily Longeretta

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