Investigators are currently questioning family and neighbors to find out how the boy got a hold of the gun in the first place.
The two boys were playing happily in their Hillcrest Heights, Maryland apartment complex playground when neighbors heard a loud boom. The five-year-old accidentally shot and badly injured his four-year-old friend with what is reported to be a 0.22-calibre pistol.
Neighbor Ebony Webb took the injured boy, who was shot in the chest, inside as the five-year-old ran off with his weapon and hid in the family’s apartment. He was allegedly being watched over by his 18-year-old sister while his mother was at work.
“He shot him real close so I took him upstairs… took metal pieces out of the wound,” Ebony explains to ABC7. “He didn’t cry or nothing. He’s a soldier.”
Ebony says the boy was in shock, so she called police and attempted to clean up his wound while she waited for an ambulance to arrive. He was rushed to the local children’s hospital where he is said to be doing fine. His injuries are not life-threatening.
The five-year-old boy lives at home with his mom and three siblings and his uncle, Dee Johnson, says there are definitely no guns in the house. Police officers are continuing their investigation in order to figure out how the young boy got his hands on a gun.