Man clearing gun accidentally fires bullet, striking boy in back - KCTV5

Man clearing gun accidentally fires bullet, striking boy in back

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Delaney R. Singleton Delaney R. Singleton
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A 22-year-old Kansas City man is accusing of accidentally shooting a 4-year-old boy in the back while clearing a weapon.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has charged Delaney R. Singleton with second-degree assault on the 4-year-old boy.

According to court records, a witness at an apartment in the 6000 block of Blue Hills Road stated he heard what he thought were fireworks when Singleton said, "I don't know, it fell on the floor and went off."

Police found a bullet hole that went through an interior bathroom door and then into a bedroom, where the child reportedly was standing by a battery-powered four-wheeler for children. The shot hit him in the back. Other children were also in the bedroom.

A live round of ammo was found on the floor of the bathroom.

The victim was admitted to the hospital, according to court records, and was in critical but stable condition. The bullet entered his lower back and remains in his abdominal area.

Singleton told police he was trying to get the ammunition out of the gun when it accidentally discharged. The bullet traveled through the door and wall, according to court records.

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond and special conditions for the defendant, including not owning or possessing any firearm, no firearm in the defendant's residence and drug testing.

Singleton had been given the gun by his sister. The woman told police that she took the gun from her boyfriend because "she thought he was going to do something stupid" with the gun.

After Singleton took possession of the small gun, he took the weapon into a bathroom to unload it, according to court documents. After the gun went off, the child began to scream in pain about his back.

The woman ran to the boy and removed his blood-soaked shirt and discovered the wound. Singleton initially ran from the scene and the weapon involved were given to another man.

Police later recovered the weapon and Singleton told investigators about his involvement in the shooting, according to court documents.

Singleton does not have a prior criminal history, according to online court records in Missouri.

KCTV5 stopped by the apartment in the 6000 block of Blue Hills Road but no one was home. An eviction notice had been placed on the door.

Residents of the apartment complex are hoping the child makes a full recovery, and said they hope the tragedy is an unfortunate reminder about gun safety.

"I feel bad for the baby because he's an innocent baby and also for the person that got charged because it was an accident as well," Shay Johnson said. "But that's why guns shouldn't be around kids."

James Neal concurred.

"I'm glad that he's alive but I feel bad for the family and my prayers go out to the family for the little boy and everything. I take this as a life lesson you know. Be careful with guns around kids and people. You never know who's around," Neal said.

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