INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Police say a man is facing charges after a child found a shotgun and shot another child in September.
The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the 3000 block of North Colorado Avenue on Indianapolis’ east side. Police say when they arrived, they found a 2-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the upper leg. A 5-year-old girl also had a gunshot wound to the hand and her thumb had been shot off. Neither injury was life-threatening.
Court documents show the girls are daughters of Christopher Davis, 29. His girlfriend was sitting in the living room when the shooting happened.
Detectives learned one child allegedly shot the victim after finding a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in a closet. Police say there were several children inside playing in an area where the gun was accessible.
Davis’ girlfriend said she knew Davis had a shotgun, but didn’t know it was loaded.
Davis told police the children were there for his daughter’s birthday party. He left around 9:45 p.m. to get a gallon of milk and found police at his home when he returned.
On Thursday, police announced Christopher Davis, 29, was arrested for neglect of a dependent.
“Gun safety with children is something that concerns everyone. Always keep firearms locked up and out of reach and sight of children. As a community, we need to work together to educate children on the importance of never touching a gun and to tell an adult immediately if they see one,” the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said in a release.