An eight-year-old boy shot a one-year-old girl and injured another toddler with his father’s gun.
Roderick Randall, the father, had left his gun in a hotel room, where the boy found it, played with it, and then apparently accidentally fired a shot, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Chip Simmons, said.
The shot first hit the one-year-old girl, then the bullet injured another two-year-old. The girls’ mother was the gun owner’s girlfriend, a multiple-time felon, Simmons explained at a news conference. She was sleeping when the shots were fired.
After the drama, Randall, 45, returned to the hotel room in Pensacola and, according to investigators, first hid the gun and then drugs.
“A 14-time felon who has a gun with his girlfriend at a local motel leaves the gun, fails to secure it properly, allowing his eight-year-old son to pick up the gun and fire it. He kills a one-year-old and injures a two-year-old,” Simmons said.
The two-year-old was not seriously injured, Simmons said. Her twin sister, who was also in the hotel room, was not physically injured.