Police today said the boy was shot with a Glock 9mm handgun. According to the police investigation, the boy’s father was preparing to clean the gun and left the firearm loaded and within reach.
“While the father’s back was turned, the boy reached the firearm and pulled it toward himself,” according to the police statement. When that happened, the gun discharged.
The bullet traveled through his forearm, into his abdomen and out of his lower body. He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital. The father is not in custody. The police report will be sent to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for review and charging determination.
The shooting occurred Thursday afternoon in the Bridges at Foxridge apartments on West 52nd Place in Mission. Earlier reports said the father’s roommate and the roommate’s girlfriend also were in the apartment.
Mission police have cable-style gun locks available free for city residents through Project Child Safe.
The police department also issued several safety tips for gun owners:
- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- When handling or cleaning a gun, adults should never leave the gun unattended.
- Lock the unloaded gun in a secure location. Use a firearm safe, locked box, or a trigger or chamber lock to secure firearms. Hiding a gun is not enough to keep it out of reach of children.
- Lock the ammunition and store it apart from the gun.
Captain David Moloy is the spokesman for the Mission Police Department.