Boy, 5, shot and killed brother, 12, after finding gun he thought was a toy
A five-year-old boy shot his 12-year-old brother dead with a gun he found in the woods that he thought was a toy, police said.
The 12-year-old, identified by family on social media as Adrian Weaver, died of a gunshot wound to the chest at the hosptal after the shooting on May 9 in Griffin, Georgia.
Police said Weaver was playing with his seven-year-old sister and younger brother, who ‘stumbled upon’ the gun near a wooded area and thought it was a toy.
‘The children were out here peacefully playing in the backyard on the trampoline,” neighbor Tom Whitehead told CNN affiliate WGCL.
‘The little one found a gun. … Turns around, thinks he’s playing, says “bang bang.” It was loaded and killed him. Think about that mother. The next day, Mother’s Day, and one boy is dead by the hand of his younger brother.’
Hours before the deadly shooting, police were already in near the family’s home looking for suspects who had fled officers after a traffic stop. Investigators said the suspects may have abandoned the gun near an area where they later found a bag of ‘suspected MDMA’ believed to have been dropped by the fleeing individuals.
Police later found the driver of the fleeing car, who gave officers information regarding the investigation, although authorities have not revealed what the driver said. Investigators have since shifted their focus on finding the person responsible for leaving the gun.
‘We will leave no stone unturned as we search for the individuals responsible for the abandonment of this weapon,’ Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates said.
‘My heart is shattered. I love you baby boy,’ a woman who identified herself as Aiden’s aunt wrote on Facebook.
‘I bet your sissy is super happy to see you right along with nanny and pawpaw. However the rest of are here trying to make it through. Kisses and hugs to the sky. You are now in a way better place.. The one thing that is keeping me sane at the moment is knowing that.’
As Aiden’s family prepares arraignments for the boy’s funeral on Thursday, they must also contend with the coronavirus outbreak, which has further complicated the grieving process.
‘Due to recent events and government guidelines, our maximum capacity is 10 people for a single even,’ Mowell Funeral home wrote on an obituary page.
The woman who identified herself as Aiden’s aunt shared a post from the boy’s family, which said: ‘Only 10 people at a time are allowed inside so we have to do it in moderation so everyone can say their goodbyes…inside the chapel only 20 people are allowed they have another room that holds ten people, everyone else will have to stand outside and listen from a loud speaker.’
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