A 4-year-old boy identified as Jarion Walker has reportedly shot himself accidentally shot himself in the head while his mother and a friend got high in the front seat, according to police.
Jarion Walker and his younger siblings, a 1-year-old and a 22-month-old, were in the back of the car on Saturday when the 4-year-old shot himself with a gun he found in the car, according to the Sun Herald.
Police were called to the scene on Stillwell Lane around 10:45 p.m. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Our initial investigation has led our investigators to believe that the child was injured not by a hostile act, but by a negligent one. Initial accounts are that the child was sitting in a vehicle outside a residence with a younger sibling and two adults.” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“As the adults were smoking marijuana in the front seat, a shot was fired inside the vehicle that struck the victim, causing the fatal injury. Our investigators are still trying to determine who fired the shot. It is not believed to be self-inflicted. This investigation remains active and ongoing.”
The two adults in the front seat of the car who were smoking marijuana are reportedly cooperating with authorities and have not yet been charged with a crime, according to police.
“Part of responsible gun ownership is securing firearms at all times. Firearms should never be left unattended in vehicles or in the reach of children,” police said.
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