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Police: 5-year-old fires handgun in Gilbert front yard

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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:46 am

Gilbert police responded to a neighborhood near Guadalupe and Lindsay roads after a 5-year-old fired a handgun in the front yard Saturday morning, said Sgt. Jesse Sanger, Gilbert PD spokesman.

The little boy went outside to the front yard of the home located in the 700 East block of Barbarita Street after finding a 9mm handgun and a shotgun from the master bedroom closet, Sanger said. He dropped the shotgun on the ground outside and fired one round from the handgun toward the east.

No one was injured and there was no property damage, Sanger said. Child Protective Services was notified and responded to the scene.

Six children inside the home were being watched by a 27-year-old babysitter;  two of them were her own, Sanger said.

The Gilbert Police Department urges adults and parents to talk to their kids about the potential dangers of firearms and firearm safety, as well as to teach their children what they should do if they come across a gun.

“If the decision is made to keep a firearm in the home, it is vital to ensure it remains out of the hands of those who cannot safely possess it,” Sanger said. “It is the firearm owner’s responsibility to ensure their firearm does not fall into the wrong hands.”

The safest way to store a firearm is unloaded in a firearm safe or locker, he said. Other levels of security might include adding a trigger lock and storing ammunition in a separate location.

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