An 8-year-old boy shot his brother in the head after he found an unattended gun and started playing with it.
The couple’s 18-year-old brother, LeAnthony J. Todd, has now been charged with allegedly leave the guna Glock 23, on his bed when he went to the shower.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the house on Federal Road in Washington State after gunshots rang out on May 19 of this year.
According to court documents, the two younger brothers recovered the pistol and “took turns pulling the trigger on each other, resulting in the 9-year-old brother being shot in the head.”
The boy was seriously injured, but thankfully, he is expected to survive.
The younger brother told his mother that the 9-year-old held the gun first, pointed it at him and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened.
The young boy then picked up the gun and “removed and replaced it”, which is believed to mean he removed the magazine and then replaced it.
He then pulled the trigger and the gun went off, hitting his brother in the head.
The distraught mum can be heard screaming at Todd on police body cameras, asking him why he came into her house with a gun.
Todd later told a detective that he had bought the gun from “some guy in the transit center” months earlier for $200.
He said he bought the gun to scare some people who had threatened his brother, but he denied using it in that way, court documents show.
Firearms are the leading cause of death in the United States for children and youth under the age of 18.
According to statistics, in 2020 alone, at least 125 toddlers and children aged 5 and under shot themselves or shot at others healthy child.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest homes for children are those without guns.
Under Washington state law, gun owners are responsible for protecting their weapons, and children could be convicted if they found a gun and used it to injure themselves or others.