US girl, 3, shot by boy, 5, playing with gun

Denver - A 3-year-old Colorado girl was shot and critically wounded by a 5-year-old boy on Monday with a handgun belonging to her mother's boyfriend, police said.

Pueblo police said in a statement that a 9-year-old boy was playing with a handgun in the backyard of a home in the morning when he gave the firearm to the 5-year-old, who pointed it at the girl and fired, striking her once.

The bullet entered and exited the toddler's body without breaking any bones, police said. She was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital where she was listed in critical but stable condition after having surgery, they added.

"When the 9-year-old was asked how he was able to manipulate the handgun, he said he learned it from video games like Black Ops," police said.

The two boys who handled the gun will not face charges, because of their age, police said, but they would investigate how the older boy got the weapon.

The girl's mother, whom police had not identified, was present at the home when the shooting took place.

Her boyfriend, Adrian Chavez, 22, who was also at the home, fled the scene and was apprehended five hours later, police said.

"Chavez will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury for the gun that was left unattended," police said, adding that he had an outstanding, no-bond warrant for failure to appear in court in an unrelated case.

- Reuters
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SunshinyDay 2014-08-05 08:52:34 AM
People really need to learn to keep their guns in a place where children will not get it, IE a safe with a lock that a child cannot open.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-05 08:53:10 AM
And they reckon our gun laws are out of hand. American needs to take the wood out of their own eyes.
Stephen Michael661 2014-08-05 09:29:13 AM
I guess that there will be a "guns don't kill people, toddlers kill people" argument from the gun nuts.
Robert Sidney 2014-08-05 09:45:18 AM
Theresa Ann Gouws 2014-08-05 10:45:06 AM
Why are children even exposed to things like this?!?