4-year-old boy accidentally kills his younger brother with a gun he thought was a toy
The children’s mother was at home at the time of the fatal shooting. It is not yet clear how the children gained access to the firearm.
A two-year-old toddler died in Virginia on Tuesday, May 22, after his older brother accidentally shot him with a gun. The older child apparently thought the deadly weapon was a toy, according to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not yet clear how the 4-year-old boy had access to the weapon. The fatal accident comes soon after the devastating Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18.
The two-year-old boy, identified by the sheriff's office as Tyson Aponte, was fatally shot in the chest when his four-year-old brother picked up a gun and fired it, according to Major Donald A. Lowe with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. #inners #MAGA https://t.co/d9JBgh8Nbs— Amar Varma (@amarvarma) May 22, 2018
The two children were playing on Tuesday morning when the older child fired the gun, hitting his younger brother. Despite being taken to a hospital, the toddler's life could not be saved. The victim has been identified as Tyson Aponte. The authorities have said that the children’s mother was at home at the time of the fatal shooting. It is not yet clear how the children gained access to the firearm.
“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” said Major Donald A. Lowe, Chief deputy at the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. “At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”
According to a CBS 6 report, Lowe urged gun-owners to ensure their firearms are secured and “out of the reach of children.”
This is probably why more toddlers shoot and kill people in America every year than die by gun violence in Australia or UK each year. My guns are secured, as is ammo, but quickly accessible. It is easily doable. & yes, I'm a California liberal who owns guns.— Krity (@xtwheeler) May 22, 2018
Lowe promised that the incident would be “thoroughly investigated”. He also offered his condolences to the grieving family of the young victim and confirmed that the department would do everything within their power to help.
“Our heart breaks for this family,” he said. “They’re devastated, naturally, so we want to do everything we can to help them.”
WTVR spoke to Linda Eddy, a neighbor of the family. According to Eddy, she has been familiar the Aponte family for more than a decade. “There’s no way they would leave a loaded gun out,” she said. “They’re good people, good Christians good people, they take care of their children [and] make sure they have everything they need. I know this is going to be tragic to them.”
Eddy also added that she was unsure how the slain child’s mother would make it through the aftermath of the tragic accident. A number of friends and relatives of the family have also offered their condolences.
“I don’t know how she is going to do it, but she believes in the Lord, so that’s good,” she said.
Please, we must demand change. Talk to your local representatives, council members and supervisors. We need gun reform now. No child should be shot while in school. And no parent should loose their child to gun violence. Enough.— InsoMOMniac (@mom_toddler) May 19, 2018
In March this year, a similar incident had played out. Only in this, police say, a 7-year-old autistic boy accidentally shot his sleeping father in the back in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Authorities have advised that weapons should have a “locking device on the gun itself” in addition to being locked up in a place inaccessible to children.
What NRA doesn't want you to know.— Janice (@Janice_Resist) May 18, 2018
A gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to be involved in the death of a member of the household than to be used in self-defense. #GunControl
A study published in the journal Pediatrics last year states that more than 1,000 children are treated in the U.S. each year for accidental gunshot wounds, according to the Miami Herald. Another 4,500 are also treated for assaults, suicides, homicides and other shooting-related causes. The death toll for children who suffer such injuries is at least 1,300.
Pretty much every other developed nation in the world is the proof, the data, the blueprint.— Brett Russell (@AHoopyFrood42) May 23, 2018
You can make dubious connections like car deaths and gun violence but think I'm talking about literal toddlers?
Look, if you have any data, even sketchily sourced let's talk otherwise✌️