Joliet Police believe they found 2-year-old gun and accidentally shot dead inside home – NBC Chicago
Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy after apparently finding an unsecured gun inside a television cabinet and shooting it inside a house on Wednesday morning.
Police said the boy was at home with his father at the time of the shooting and found a loaded gun inside a TV cabinet in the living room. The boy shot himself and the father called 911 immediately after.
A woman who lives next door to the family says she heard the gunshot and the immediate aftermath.
“When we went to the back, I heard a man screaming inside the house,” she said.
The woman thinks the screaming man was the boy’s father. She says she’s seen them together a lot.
“Every morning he took a walk with his son and their dog,” she says. “He’s a good dad. I saw nothing wrong.
Joliet Police Lieutenant Joe Egizio said the boy’s father was ordered to move the child to a hard surface, a standard practice in emergency protocols.
“They were both in the living room where he was dealing with something that distracted the baby’s father’s attention for a short time,” he said.
Investigators did not say how long the boy had the gun before she left. The boy was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Amita Hospital.
“It breaks my heart. They have to lock these guns, secure them,” said Vanessa Eskridge, a resident of Joliet. “If you’re not careful about that, shut it up.”
Eskridge stopped at the scene after seeing police activity and said her prayers were out to the family.
Meanwhile, police are reminding parents to be extra careful if a gun is present in the home.
“I can attest as a parent, my colleagues here, that things will go wrong in a split second, you have to be aware of where you put your guns if you own them,” he said. he declares. “Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen quickly. I do not judge the decisions of an individual. We are here to do our job, and we must investigate the unfortunate situation that has arisen this morning.