2 1/2 Year Old Boy Fires Handgun, Child Escapes With Minor Injuries

A Fruitvale toddler was lucky to be alive Tuesday after a gun the child found in a drawer goes off. The accidental shooting involved a 2 1/2 year old child from Mesa County. The boy managed to fire a .357 Magnum hand gun in a home at 675 31 1/2 Road. The bullet did not hit the boy or anyone else, but the recoil from the fire caused minor injuries to the child's face.

According to a deputy, the child and his parents were visiting a neighbor. As the adults were talking, the child wandered into a back bedroom. Officials believe the boy was looking through an unlocked drawer and found the handgun. Susan McBurney with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office said she doesn't know if the safety was off on the pistol, or whether the child may have switched off the mechanism while playing with the gun.

The child apparently was not injured seriously enough to be taken to the hospital. No charges will be filed against the homeowner. Law enforcement officials say when not being used, weapons should be kept unloaded in a locked compartment.

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