A 2-year-old Alabama boy died after he discovered a gun and shot himself within the face on Wednesday, relations stated.
Angela Jelks Gilliam stated her great-grandson Ke’Anthony Jelks Jr. was together with his mother and father when he shot himself round 10 a.m. in a Birmingham condominium advanced, AL.com reported.
“My daughter referred to as me and informed me her grandbaby was useless,” Gilliam stated.
She stated the boy’s father legally carried a gun for defense due to his work hours, WBRC-TV reported.
“The daddy had simply gotten off work,” Gilliam stated. “And doubtless simply set the gun someplace and like I stated, kids look and mess around with stuff. And that simply most likely occurred to fall in his eyesight. And he acquired it.”
Nobody else was reported injured or arrested.
Birmingham police had been nonetheless investigating whether or not the matter and wouldn’t verify whether or not Jelks Jr. shot himself, however pleaded with the general public to observe firearms security.
”For individuals who carry weapons, we ask them to be protected,” stated Birmingham police Capt. James Jackson. “Ensure you know easy methods to use a gun, be sure you have the gun in a protected place. We’re asking folks to be protected with weapons, particularly when there are children within the dwelling.”
Gilliam stated her great-grandson was beloved by all, saying he “was like an previous man in a child’s physique.”