A five year-old boy who shot a three year-old toddler with a handgun got it from a nine year-old who told the police that he had learnt how to handle a weapon by playing video games like Call of Duty.
After the little boy was handed the weapon, he pointed at a three year-old girl playing with them in the garden of the home in Pueblo, Colorado and fired once. The bullet passed straight through the toddler and did not break any bones. The emergency services were called and the little girl was airlifted to hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. Her condition is now listed as critical, but stable.
The two boys who handled the gun`are too young to face charges, but the police have said they are looking into how the nine year-old had the gun in the first place. The girl’s mother was in the house during the shooting and her boyfriend, 22 year-old Adrian Chavez, fled the scene. After a search for him by police, he was found and arrested and according to police: “Will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury for the gun that was left unattended.”
Experts are divided as to weather violent video games encourage violent behaviour in children and what age children are able to separate the games they play from their possible effects and repercussions in real life.