4-year-old Girl in New York Finds Gun, Shoots Herself in Face

Yonkers police officers enter an apartment building May 26, 2015, where a 4-year-old girl shot herself in the face the night before. (Photo: Steve Lieberman, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News)
Yonkers police officers enter an apartment building May 26, 2015, where a 4-year-old girl shot herself in the face the night before.
(Photo: Steve Lieberman, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News)

A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the face with a handgun and remained in critical condition but is expected to survive, police said Tuesday.

The incident was reported at 10:32 p.m. ET Monday. Police said they recovered a semi-automatic handgun from a second-floor apartment where the incident occurred, and detectives’ investigation is continuing.

Christyl Banks, 26, a mother of two who lives on the third floor, she said she was in her apartment watching television and heard arguing, which she thought was outside. Then she heard a gunshot, followed by screaming and other commotion.

She initially thought the shooting had also taken place outside but then learned had happened inside the building. The child’s name has not been released.

A resident of the neighborhood, Beverly Hernandez, said it wasn’t right for the family to have a gun inside the house where a child had access to it.

“This is very tragic, very sad,” she said.

Abdou Abdoulaye, 33, of the Bronx, N.Y., was dropping someone off at a nearby senior apartment complex and said he was shocked to hear that a child was shot.

“Why didn’t the parents keep the gun away?” he asked. “A child is so innocent. She doesn’t know anything about a gun.”

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SOURCE: Peter D. Kramer and Steve Lieberman
The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News

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