Colorado 7-Year-Old Shot In The Head While Playing At Friend’s House (VIDEO)

On July 10, a 7-year-old boy was shot in the head while playing at the home of a friend. According to police, there were six children present at the time the little boy was shot. The oldest was 12. The 7-year-old was the youngest child in the home. There were no adults present at the time of the shooting.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, but is likely a parent of one of the six children who were in the home, spoke to a reporter at KMGH Denver. She said that one of the kids who lives in the home wanted to show off his dad’s gun. The child allegedly said:

“My dad has a gun – I bet you – my dad has a gun.”

The source said that the other children didn’t believe him, “and I guess he came and he’s like, ‘well, yeah I got a gun’ – they were playing around with it and… someone ended up getting hurt.”

According to another neighbor, the 12-year-old ran next door for help, after the little boy was shot.

The 7-year-old was originally listed in critical condition. He underwent emergency surgery on Friday, and his condition was upgraded to serious on Saturday. The extent of his injuries have not yet been disclosed, but a gunshot wound to the head at such a young age is almost certain to result in long term consequences.

Police are currently investigating in order to determine if there was a crime committed. It’s not likely that anyone will be charged in connection to this shooting. Colorado, along with every other state in the U.S., except Massachusetts, has no law requiring gun owners to secure their weapons.

Here’s more on this story from KMGH in Denver.

Many non-gun owning parents have never thought to ask about guns in the home before sending their child on a play date to a friend’s home. It may feel like an awkward question at first, but it’s one that could save your child’s life.

It’s important for parents to know that the presence of a gun increases the risk of death for every person in the home. It doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or how much experience the gun owner has with firearms. None of that eliminates the possibility of human error, because humans are prone to error, in spite of what we tell ourselves. If we weren’t, there would not be 10,000 child shootings in the US every year.

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