A 2-year-old girl is recovering after being shot in the chest by another child inside an apartment Monday in Troup County. And police are trying to determine how the child obtained the gun.
They are also trying to determine who owned the gun used in the shooting inside the Wood Glen Apartment Complex, according to LaGrange police. Officers responded to the complex at 64 North Cary St. shortly before 4:20 p.m. after getting the call the toddler had been shot, police spokesman Lt. Dale Strickland said.
Officers found Calvinyanna Sanders suffering from a gunshot wound and paramedics provided emergency medical care at the scene, Strickland said. Around 4:30 p.m. an emergency medical helicopter flew the wounded child to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Investigators said there were two women at the apartment at the time of the shooting, one of them was the tenant and the other was the mother of the injured child.
There were also three other children in the apartment, ages 10, 3, and 1, Strickland said. One of the children found the handgun inside of the apartment and accidentally fired one shot while playing the gun, police said. The bullet truck the child in the chest, according to a media report. Police recovered the handgun inside of the apartment, but they didn’t say where. It was also unclear which one of the three children fired the gun.
The child’s mother, DaShavey McCamey, and her two daughters were visiting Shynobia Huguley at the apartment when the shooting happened, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Huguley told police she was in a bedroom when one of the children took a gun from under a couch in the living room and shot Calvinyanna. She said her 3-year-old son was in the room with McCamey and her two daughters when the shooting occurred. Still, it’s unclear who owned the gun and why it was under the couch,
“Of course we’re trying to determine who the owner of the handgun is, where the handgun was located, how the children, of course, got the handgun,” Strickland told the news station.
A neighbor upstairs, who did not want to be identified, said she heard screams coming from the apartment, according to Channel 2.
”It was just scary. Real scary. I didn’t know what was going on,” the neighbor said. “It was just hysterical. You know, screams, a lot of screams.”
The neighbor said she feels sad for the family, the news station reported.
“And especially about a child, a baby. I have one of my own and I can only imagine how that mother must feel. So it’s very scary,” the neighbor said.
Investigators said the child who shot the toddler is with family. So far, no charges have been filed in the shooting, which remains under investigation.
The wounded child underwent surgery and was recovering, the news station reported. The child’s mother said she is doing much better after surgery, even sitting up and talking.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.