A 2-year-old boy was killed in Jackson on Wednesday night in what police said appears to have been an accidental shooting.
Jayden Jamar Clay was pronounced dead at the scene on WW Carr Avenue by the Butts County coroner, Jackson Police Chief James Morgan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The boy was shot in the upper lip with what appeared to be a .45-caliber handgun, Morgan said. The gun was found on floor nearby.
He was in the living room of the house playing with his twin brother when he was shot, Morgan said. Their mother, Choice Clay, was in the kitchen area unloading groceries she had just purchased when she heard the shot. It’s believed they were the only three people in the house at the time the shooting occurred.
Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about the incident just after 6 p.m.
Morgan said no one has been taken into custody and the investigation continues.
“At this point, it appears accidental,” he said. “It’s still unclear exactly what happened.”
Morgan said the owner of the gun had not been determined.
Next-door neighbor Caleano Ponce said, “It’s a very, very sad situation.”
He said the Clay family had just moved to the neighborhood and that he had just seen the boy playing in the yard.
“It really does hit home,” Ponce said.
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