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Mission boy injured himself with unattended handgun

Updated: 2013-02-02T00:06:50Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

A father preparing to clean a handgun left the loaded firearm in the reach of his 3-year-old son, who then shot himself, Mission police said Friday.

The boy was injured about 2:50 p.m. Thursday in the Bridges at Foxridge apartments at 6904 W. 52nd Place in Mission.

Police said their investigation revealed that the boy’s father was preparing to clean his Glock 9 mm handgun and left the loaded firearm unattended in an area where the boy could reach it.

While the father’s back was turned, police said, the boy reached for the gun and pulled it toward himself. The gun fired and the bullet hit the child, traveling through his forearm, into his abdomen and out his lower body.

Police said the boy was at a hospital and was reported to be in stable condition Friday.

The father was not in custody.

Police planned to forward their report on the incident for the Johnson County district attorney’s office to review and determine whether any charges should be filed.

The Police Department issued the follow gun safety reminders:

• Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.

• Point muzzles in a safe direction.

• Never leave a gun unattended when handling or cleaning it.

• Lock unloaded guns in a secure location, such as a firearms safe or locked box, or use a trigger lock or chamber lock.

• Lock ammunition and store it in a different location than the gun.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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