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Police charge gun owner after 6-year-old boy shoots himself in Hazelwood

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) is a 6-year-old boy who apparently accidentally shot himself in the head is in critical condition at a children’s hospital, but Pittsburgh police are trying to identify the owner of the gun and decide whether to charge him.

The house on Johnston Avenue in Hazelwood has become the scene of another tragedy with a child and a gun, and confused neighbors believe that an adult should be held accountable.

“Parents need to raise their guns so that children can’t find a gun so that it doesn’t happen again,” said Andre Frison.

But the 6-year-old is the third child in recent months to have shot himself or others with an unsecured pistol.

in november 4-year-old Ajani Lane shot himself at a townhouse on Negle Avenue in Shadeside. No charges have been filed, but police say they found two pistols belonging to his father, Ronald Steve, who is accused of killing three people in Homwood on New Year’s Eve.

In December, police have charged the Penn Hills couple Thomas Wolfe and Sarah Gerwig with reckless danger to children after their 13-year-old son shot his 5-year-old brother, police said, with a gun unattended.

“Weapon owners must be held accountable for the safe storage of their weapons and the fatal consequences that may result,” said Josh Fleitman of CeaseFirePA.

Although gun owners may be charged under some statutes, gun control advocates are lobbying the state legislature to demand that guns be provided in homes with safes and locks.

“If you hold a gun incorrectly and someone is wounded or killed by it, under this law it will be a criminal offense,” Fluteman said.

Gun Owners Against Crime Arms Defender Jim Stoker says safes and locks could prevent owners from protecting themselves from intruders

“The owner of the house is becoming semi-protected, and it’s becoming a problem, you revictimize the victim,” Stoker said.

Stoker says responsible gun owners can protect children by teaching them gun safety.

“There are many ways to be responsible with your children. I think it should be left to the will of the individual citizen,” Stoker said.

A 6-year-old boy shot dead in Hazelwood lived with his grandmother, but police have not yet determined exactly who owns the gun.

https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/news/boy-shoots-himself-hazelwood-pittsburgh-police-charges-gun-owner/

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