Tennessee boy, 7, killed inside a parked car at a Verizon store has prompted a public outcry. The Crossville, Tennessee, child was accidentally shot Monday afternoon, in the town of Crossville as investigators discovered four children left inside the vehicle while the mother and step-father went inside a store to pay a cellular phone bill, according to WSMV.
Tennessee police said the it happened around 2:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the store. One of the children, an 8-year-old boy, found a loaded semi-automatic pistol inside their mom’s purse, which was left inside the car. The 8-year-old removed the magazine in an effort to unload the gun when it accidentally discharged, hitting his 7-year-old brother in the head.
“The child removed the magazine in an effort to unload the firearm. The firearm was accidentally discharged,” police said in a press release. The child was struck in the head.
The Tennessee boy, 7, killed inside a parked car at a Verizon store, was flown to a Knoxville-area hospital where he later died. Crossville police said the investigation is ongoing an they’re taking statements from everyone involved.
The Cumberland County District Attorney General’s office and the Department of Children’s Services have been notified and are involved in the investigation. At the time of their release, authorities believe the incident is a tragic accidental shooting.
“It’s never good to leave a gun around a kid, regardless of if it’s loaded or not,” one bystander said. Police say the family is from Sparta in White County. Neither the child nor the family has been identified by police.
Sadly, children in America are often the victims of gun violence. As soon as the police investigation is complete, they’ll turn it over to a prosecutor who will determine whether the parents will face any charges.
The Tennessee boy, 7, killed inside a parked car at a Verizon store, has become another statistic in gun violence. Since the deadly December 2012 rampage on Sandy Hook elementary school, at least 555 kids under the age of 12 have been killed from gunshots, both intentional and accidental, according to the analysis. Tha’s an average of just under one death of a child by firearm every two days.