SOUTH COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Chelsea Spears/Sean Rowe) — Columbus Police are calling a 4-year-old shooting a 7-year-old boy a horrible accident. ABC6/FOX28’s Rob Wells reports the firearm was left in plain view while the house was full of adults and children Friday.
“It was just an accident, everything is all right,” the grandfather of the shooting victim told ABC6/FOX28 News. He said he hadn’t been to the hospital yet to see his grandson. The grandfather did say the boys’ parents are with him at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“Yes, everything is fine,” he said.
Police say the 4-year-old got a hold of his father’s gun while on the second-floor of the home in the 300 block of East Morrill Avenue in South Columbus.
After the sound of gunfire rang out, a man identified as the father of one of the boys held his hand over the gunshot victim’s wound until first-responders arrived at the home.
The 7-year-old was transported in stable condition to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, authorities said. Wells reports the child’s parents are with him at the hospital.
The gun has been confiscated as evidence in this case as detectives with the Columbus Division of Police continue their investigation.
There’s been no official word on whether any charges will be filed concerning the incident. Investigators say no one else was hurt.
A man at the scene applied pressure to the child’s wound until medics were able to get to the house at 324 E. Morrill Ave.
Medics took the 7-year-old to Children’s Hospital in stable condition.
Detectives with Columbus Police are investigating this incident.