Shooting of seven-year-old boy under investigation

STAFF REPORT :::

The Griffin Police Department is investigating the Monday afternoon shooting of a seven-year-old boy.

According to a press release, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded in emergency mode to the call in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex.

Upon arrival, the victim was located with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The young boy was transported by ambulance to a landing zone from which he was flown by medical helicopter for medical treatment.

Authorities say the victim and an eight-year-old child were home alone when a .45 caliber handgun was found in the residence.

Investigators say the children were playing with the weapon, and the shooting is believed to have been accidental, resulting from mishandling the firearm.

The Griffin Police Department is working with the Spalding County Department of Family and Children Services regarding some aspects of the case.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

At the time this press release was issued, the young victim was still in surgery and his status was unknown.

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