UPDATE: 5 year old boy is in critical condition after an accidental gun shot - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

UPDATE: 5 year old boy is in critical condition after an accidental gun shot

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - While the identity of the young boy that was accidentally shot yesterday morning is still unknown, after calling a local hospital it appears as if the boy has been moved to a hospital in Shreveport.  

Police are saying,  the man living at 2833 General Doolittle street, brought home a gun and hid it in, what he thought was, a safe place. He hid it in the couch. Early the next morning, his son found the weapon, and not knowing the severity of the gun, pointed it at his 5 year old cousin, and shot him. The boy is still listed in critical condition.

"I feel sad to use this as a learning opportunity, but I do think that we need to re-educate our public. We need to let them know, while the laws allow you to possess a gun, and we certainly believe in that, we also have to use this opportunity to share with the public the importance of storing those weapons in a very safe place," said Mark Kraus with the Lake Charles Police Department.

The Lake Charles police department and the district attorney's office are deciding if they plan to pursue a charge of negligent injury on the man who brought the gun home.

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