Sahir Duvall was arrested Friday on a charge of reckless conduct in the accidental shooting of his 3-year-old daughter. He is shown here in a 2018 booking photo.
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Father arrested after accidentally shooting 3-year-old girl, police say

A father is facing a reckless conduct charge after a gun went off inside his southwest Atlanta apartment, hitting his 3-year-old daughter in the neck.

Sahir Duvall drove the girl to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be treated early Friday morning, Atlanta police said. Investigators were called to the hospital about 12:10 a.m. when the pair showed up.

According to police, both Duvall, 28, and his daughter were shot when Duvall was handling the gun inside their Cleveland Avenue apartment.  

Duvall “unintentionally shot himself in the hand,” police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said in a statement. 

“A part of the bullet struck Mr. Duvall’s daughter in the neck and Mr. Duvall drove to the hospital for treatment,” he said. “... Both are in stable condition.”

Duvall was arrested and taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital detention center.

It is not the first time Duvall has been in custody, according to online jail records.

He has been arrested 16 times since 2005, many times on aggravated assault charges, records show. He was most recently released in June 2019 after he pleaded guilty but innocent to multiple weapons charges as a felon.

His yearlong prison sentence was commuted to time served, and he was ordered to complete four years on probation, according to court records.

Duvall was expected to be booked into the Fulton County Jail for a 17th time upon his release from the hospital.

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