Police are reminding residents of gun safety after two children were shot in separate shootings over the weekend , one of which took the life of a three year old. Authorities are now urging residents to keep their firearms locked up.
WVLA/WGMB’s Kennedi Walker spoke with law enforcement and a local gun expert who says safety should always be first.
“No matter how high you put a gun or no matter how well you’ve think you’ve hidden it, if it’s not locked up [children] are probably going to find it,” Baton Rouge gun expert Benjamin Moore said. “People usually get a gun in order to protect children so it’s a big disaster if the tool you got to protect them ends up killing them.”
This warning comes after a bloody weekend. The sheriffs office says a 5-year-old was shot in the hand on Friday. BRPD says 3-year-old Amir Antoine was shot and killed Saturday in an apparent accident. Investigators believe Antoine was handling the gun and accidentally pulled the trigger.
“Our hearts go out to that family,” BRPD’s spokesman, Don Coppola said. “I couldn’t imagine, nor do I think anyone could ever imagine, being in that situation.”
Now authorities are once again urging residents to lock up their weapons, saying anything can happen if a child is in the home.
“We don’t want to see any more accidental shootings and any deaths again,” Coppola said.
Moore says he teaches at local shooting range FRC. He says FRC is giving free gun locks to parents in the wake of this weekend’s tragedies.
“Anybody can come by anytime and get as many locks as they want for their guns at home,” Moore said. “It doesn’t take up a lot of money like a safe or a lock-box.”
Moore also tells us FRC will provide free classes for parents and kids. Moore says as a parent himself, he knows how important it is to teach kids gun safety.
Moore says to sign your child up for a gun safety class you can visit: https://www.Frcbr.Com/
Authorities say in 2016 an accidental shooting took place at the same home the 3-year-old was killed. 17-year-old Ahmad Antonie was arrested in that accidental shooting. Devin Anderson was the victim.