NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating after a 2-year-old reportedly shot a 12-year-old at a Donelson home Sunday morning.
It happened in the 200 block of Blue Hills Drive around 9:30 a.m.
Metro police said Tyson Lucas was shot in the leg and transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
According to officers on the scene, Tyson’s aunt had just driven to the home. She parked in the driveway, her car door still open.
That’s when the 2-year-old walked out to her car, reached into the side compartment of the door, and pulled out a loaded 9 mm Smith & Wesson revolver.
The toddler pulled the trigger, striking Tyson, who had walked out to the car to greet the woman. The preteen was reportedly holding an infant at the time of the shooting.
Police say the bullet entered the Tyson’s leg and exited through his groin. He was treated and released from the hospital Sunday, according to authorities.
Next door neighbor Robert Dubose heard the shooting.
“I heard a loud bang, and after that I heard kids screaming,” Dubose told News 2.
He also had strong words about gun ownership.
“If you have kids in the car with you, you shouldn’t have guns in the car, point blank. That’s how I feel about it. If you’re not old enough to respect a gun, then you shouldn’t be able to get your hands on one.”
Officers on scene said Youth Services detectives would take over the investigation and make a determination about whether charges would be filed against the gun owner.
Tennessee law allows citizens to carry loaded guns in their cars without a handgun carry permit.
According to the Safe Tennessee Project, this is the 26th accidental shooting involving a child statewide this year.