Child accidentally shoots man in the arm

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BRANSON, Mo.– Branson Police responded to a report of shooting in the 100 block of Champagne Drive.

According to police, a young child got a hold of a gun and accidentally fired the weapon.

The incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old with a gunshot wound to the arm.

The male was transported to a hospital in Springfield with non-life threating injuries.

“Firearm safety is a must for everyone,” said Lieutenant Sean Barnwell, with the Branson Police Department. “But especially when you have small children within your home, You want to take extra precautions to make sure it’s out of reach, in locked cupboards, places they can’t gain access to even if you’re not looking at them all the time.”

Once Branson detectives are finished with the investigation, the Taney County prosecutor will make a decision about charges.

Lieutenant Barnwell says gun locks are the best option for homes with small children and one of those locks would have prevented this accidental shooting.

There are even options of locks, according to Barnwell, that are easy and fast to unlock.

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