A Bossier City 5-year-old is dead after getting hold of a gun and shooting himself Thursday night. Right now, police are calling the shooting accidental, but it's an unfortunate reminder for parents to keep their kids safe from guns.
Authorities say the little boy found the gun and shot himself accidentally at his home in the 2600 block of Palmetto Street just before 8 p.m. Thursday night. The boy climbed onto a cabinet to reach the gun in a high cabinet, said Sgt. Bart Cavanaugh of the Bossier City Police Department.
The boy later died from his injuries at LSU Medical Center.
It's an unfortunate reminder for parents to teach kids about gun safety even at a young age. "We need to educate young children even if you don't have firearms in your house," said Cavanaugh.
According to the NRA, the number one rule for kids to learn is: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." Parents can also take steps to protect their kids by keeping ammunition separate from guns and their guns locked up.
Local gun stores like Lorant's Sports Center can provide that protection even for people on a budget. Today, most guns already come with trigger locks or cable locks.
"There's mini-safes that you can put it in and use a finger code that's fairly quick and easy to access," explained James Higdon, an employee at Lorant's Sports Center. "There are manual trigger locks that you can put on them, which some don't like because of the issue of not finding the key or being able to use the weapon when needed."
But the trade-off between accessibility and safety could mean the difference between life or death.