Boy, 4, and woman accidentally shot after children find gun

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A 4-year-old boy and a sleeping woman were shot late Sunday morning after children found a gun inside a home and it discharged.

Police say Joynieccia Bailey’s son Jadonte picked up a loaded gun, accidentally shot himself first, and after the bullet traveled through his body, the same bullet hit Joynieccia who was asleep on the couch.

Police were called around 11:15 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting in the 4500 block of South Park Drive. Inside the home, first responders found a boy and a woman both suffering from a gunshot.

Paramedics transported the woman and child to a local hospital in serious condition. Both victims were then downgraded to critical condition. 

Joynieccia Bailey was in stable condition Monday, but young Jadonte remains in critical condition.

Fort Wayne police stressed the importance of proper storage of firearms, which could help to prevent such tragedies to occur.

“It only requires a few minutes to properly store a firearm, to install a firearm lock on it, to unload it, to put it out of the reach of children.” Michael Joyner, FWPD, said. 

The shooting had people like Brandie Williams worried. She said she was visiting her sister Sunday morning when she heard the sound of gunfire. 

“It just shook us,” Williams said. “We were getting ready to eat and heard the shot and then the ambulance came. It was just sad. We heard about the baby. It’s just really sad.”

No arrests have been made in this case, but FWPD said an investigation is ongoing.

The owner of the gun could face charges.

“There are a possibility of significant charges that could be levied against the owner of the firearm. When we talk about safety, understand it’s not just safety in the event of accidental discharge and someone being injured, if not killed. You face severe consequences.” Joyner said.

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