As the father of a five year old and a five month old, my heart goes out to the family. A sobering reminder to keep firearms out of the hands of children.
A 9-month-old northwestern Missouri boy is dead after his 5-year-old brother playing with a handgun accidentally shot him in the head. Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White says the baby was pronounced dead at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City just before noon on Monday. White said the infant’s mother was pretty frantic when she called 911. “She said that she needed an ambulance at her home, that her 5-year-old son had shot her 9-month-old son in the head with a paintball gun.” KCTV reports that crews arrived on scene and determined that the child had been shot in the head with a .22 caliber magnum revolver. White says the bullet struck the 9-month-old, who was in a playpen. The sheriff says there is no reason to believe the shooting was anything other than an accident. The sheriff’s office says the gun actually belonged to another family member, not the mother. Elmo is located 120 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri.