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story.lead_photo.caption Police investigate the crime scene at 7518 Twin Oaks Road on Wednesday, Aug. 7, where one of three unattended children was critically wounded by a gunshot inside the home, police said. - Photo by David Harten

A 9-year-old boy was critically injured Wednesday afternoon in what police are initially calling an accidental shooting inside a Little Rock home.

Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said authorities received a call at 4:47 p.m about a shooting at 7518 Twin Oaks Road.

Three boys were inside the home when a gun fired, striking the 9-year-old at least once, Davis said. The boy was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital with what appears to be life-threatening injuries. Police would not immediately confirm how the victim was shot.

No adults were in the house at the time, Davis said, adding that police are attempting to locate the guardians of the youths involved.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was indeed accidental. The two other boys, ages 13 and 16, have been taken into custody for questioning, Davis said.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Juvenile shot off Chicot Road

Little Rock police responded to a call of a shooting at 7518 Twin Oaks Road in Little Rock at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses at the scene told authorities the shooting was accidental. (By David Harten)
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  • btdawgaolcom
    August 7, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.

    As career police officers, my husband and I had several duty weapons when my three daughters were growing up. We initially padlocked the revolvers when the girls were too young to understand deadly force, but when they were old enough, we had the weapons on closet shelves and I never worried a minute, because my girls understood the concept of obedience. The question in this case is not only who didn't secure the gun properly, but why three young boys had no adult supervision. As a strident 2nd amendment supporter and a CCW permit owner, I would be in favor of new legislation that would require purchasers of new weapons to take a gun safety course if they have children in their home, including grandchildren, visitors, any relatives or neighbors that are under 18 years old. A few hours of training never hurt anyone and it might save a lot of lives for gun owners who do not think of all the consequences of gun ownership around children.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    August 7, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.

    Would be an unusual accident if the initial witness report of hearing two shots is accurate. Hope not.

  • VoteRepublican
    August 8, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.

    I dont know about you all, but when I was growing up as a 16 year old, My parents trusted me to babysit my younger siblings. I dont think its unusal at all that the parents were not present, nor do we know the whole story. Was the gun in a draw that the 9 year old could access? Did the 16 or 13 year old take the gun from the 9 year old and it accidentally discharged? or worse it was intenal. Either way I agree that Gun Safety Classes need to be mandatory for ALL Gun Owners even those without children. Also There needs to be a stiffer law on Gun Safty violations. IE if the trained person that owns the Gun is not within 100 yards of the gun then it must have a gun lock on it or stored in a lock safe.

  • Murphy01
    August 8, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.

    Inquire, your irresponsible statement is typical. Read the article, no parents in the home, hell they couldn't even locate a guardian. "Gun lovers"? What exactly does that mean? I have numerous guns locked in a 1000 pound safe right now. I don't think you see as many stories in the paper about gun accidents from responsible gun owners, CC permit holders, etc. as you do about other forms of gun violence. Just read todays paper. Three shootings yesterday. One involved a grandson who shot his grandfather, the other two robberies. When the facts come out about this shooting we'll see what kind of "gun lovers" they really are. You are correct that there's a group of "gun lovers" out there. We read about them everyday in this paper.

  • MenLR2
    August 8, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

    @inquire ... Many of us are offended by most everything thing you have to say. Sometimes we just have real world issues to deal with and have learned that trying to educate you is like teaching a pig to sing.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    August 8, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.

    All this silly name calling is so IDIOTIOC and CHILDISH over someone else's OPINNION...
    But, stupidity, like cream, rises to the top.......
    It would be laughable, if it were not so tragic....
    To see some folks NOW calling for tougher gun and gun safety laws after more and more incidents such as this one. Did they not get the nra memo "we don't need no stinking regulations" and anybody that get shot was just irresponsible or in the wrong place at the wrong time. Any child who prowls around and finds mommies or daddies gun, is the product of irresponsible parents/grandparents, uncles, aunts...etc.... We all know this!!!

  • Murphy01
    August 8, 2013 at 1 p.m.

    I call BS Inquire. New article about this. As usual we can say "typical". You can go ahead and put your foot in you mouth now. Gun was stolen, shocking, by one of the many true "gun lovers". Again, I'm a gun lover, all mine are secured either in a safe or on my person. The problem is your "people" who steal these guns then commits crimes or cause senseless accidents like the one above.

  • MenLR2
    August 8, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

    @inquire ... Are you calling me a conservative??? If you really had a clue. I live in the darkest, black hood around ... 300 homes, 4 have white people in them. Love Gay Folks or any folks, but have worked in/around gay clubs. Heck I was hanging w/gays before gay was cool. So it is not a conservative/liberal issue, it is that you spew toxic waste with very little knowledge and like my good neighbors hate on white people.

  • Packman
    August 8, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.

    Hey inquire - If you are serious with your first post on this thread you should immediately join the NRA. Ever heard of Eddie Eagle? It's a program funded by the NRA to educate kids about guns and gun safety. Have you ever been through a FREE Hunter Education course? These courses are oftentimes taught by NRA members and include coursework on firearm's safety in the home. Now, name me ANY anti-gun organization that teaches responsible gun ownership and safety free to the public. Either put your money where your mouth is, inquire, or shut the puck up.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    August 8, 2013 at 5:07 p.m.

    @ MenLR2, Ditto on all counts.