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Franklin police investigate accidental Christmas morning shooting

Franklin police are investigating an accidental Christmas morning shooting in a neighborhood near Jim Warren Park involving a four-year-old.
The young child was in the front seat of the car when a gun, presumably found by the child in the automobile, discharged. 
The child is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University’s Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital. At press time, no additional information was available, including the owner of the weapon.
Franklin police issued the following two statements to media yesterday afternoon.
“At 11:47 this morning, officers were summoned to the 600 block of Cherokee Place for a reported shooting. Dispatch updated responding officers that a 4-year-old had been shot and was being transported from the scene to the hospital in a private vehicle.”
“The 4-year-old victim appears to have suffered a non-life-threatening injury after being shot in the hand. An investigation into the shooting is underway and more information will be released as it becomes available. Police are not currently seeking anyone in connection with this shooting.”
Later in the evening, the following media update was provided by Lt. Charlie Warner, head of public affairs for the department.
“Detectives have determined that this morning's 4-year-old gunshot victim was in the front seat of a vehicle, parked in the 600 block of Cherokee Place. A family friend was seated in the driver's seat of the same vehicle, with his legs hanging outside and his back to the child. The child found a handgun that was in the car and discharged it, shooting himself in the hand. The child, initially rushed to Williamson Medical Center by his mother and the man whose car he was in, has been transferred to Vanderbilt. We are happy to report that he is in stable condition, and reportedly good spirits.
Detectives continue to investigate this incident; no charges, however, have been filed in this case.”

Posted on: 12/26/2013


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