Man accidentally shoots 2 stepchildren while cleaning his pistol, cops say

A man is in jail after police said he accidentally shot his two stepchildren while cleaning his pistol.

Brandon Vicks, 27, was arrested on two counts of reckless conduct after injuring the children about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Piedmont Circle, Atlanta police Officer Lisa Bender said.

“When the weapon discharged,” she said, “the projectile ricocheted off the floor and struck his 10-year-old stepson in his left hand and left arm.”

The bullet then struck his 13-year-old stepson above his right eye, Bender said.

Both children were alert when they were taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Their conditions are unknown.

Three other children were present during the shooting, Bender said. They were not injured.

The children’s mother was not on the scene when the incident took place, police said. She came when Vicks contacted her, police said.

Vicks is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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