A 7-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the stomach by an 8-year-old as the two played with a .45-caliber handgun Monday is expected to make a “full recovery,” Griffin police said.
The children were home alone at the Griffin Crossings apartment complex off West McIntosh Road when they found the weapon, authorities said in a news release. As they played with it, the gun accidentally discharged, hitting the 7-year-old.
Police, firefighters and emergency medical services all responded to the scene, and the boy was flown to a hospital. The child underwent surgery, which police Sgt. Chris Wilson said “went well.” He’s expected to be in the hospital for another week or so.
No charges are expected, Wilson said.
He added that the children “were left in the care of an adult.”
Other aspects of the care remain under investigation, Wilson said. The Division of Family and Children Services was called in to assist with the investigation Monday.
This incident comes a week after a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed by her 4-year-old brother in Paulding County.
The two were sitting in a parked car while their mother was trying to figure out why it wouldn’t start, police said. The 4-year-old found a handgun in the center console and accidentally shot his sister.
On Friday evening, a 7-year-old girl was also shot while sitting on the couch inside her DeKalb County home by a bullet that was fired from outside the house. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
Three bullet holes were found in the home’s front door and another four were found in two windows. No one is in custody, and it’s unclear why the home was targeted.
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