Child shot on Cindy Drive, Special Victims Unit investigating in Columbia

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Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 1:46 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department said that a four-year old was shot in the finger Monday morning.

Police say this happened at a home on Cindy Drive, which is near Farrow Road and I-20, at around 11 A.M. The boy is expected to make a full recovery.

Columbia Police’s Special Victims Unit is investigating to determine how the gun was accessed. The boy’s father said this was an unfortunate accident.

According to the father, the gun is typically locked in a closet, but on Monday morning it was on top of a box on top of the dresser, which was about six feet off the ground.

He believes his son could have stepped onto the bed and gotten hold of the gun that way.

Columbia Police say both parents were home at the time of the incident. The child’s father said they had stepped outside for a few minutes when they heard a loud noise. The father said they came back inside, went to the bedroom and found their son had shot the gun.

The father added that he then immediately called the police. Columbia Police did not release any information on whether charges could be filed against the gun owner.

There have been at least five other instances involving children under the age of 10 and guns in Columbia in the last year.

In October 2021, a 3-year-old shot herself at a home on Blue Ridge Terrace. She later died.

A 2-year-old boy was shot in the 100 block of Willow Oak Drive on Memorial Day.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said that both of these shootings are believed to be accidental.

In a third instance, a 7-year-old Sandlapper Elementary School student took a loaded gun to school on May 26.

On June 8, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said a pregnant woman was accidentally shot by her son at a Rush’s drive thru on Harbison Boulevard.

Several weeks ago, an 8-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home on Elders Pond Drive.

Willie Dyckes, who lives nearby the home on Cindy Drive, said these incidents make him angry.

“These things don’t have to happen,” he said. “The killings, the guns, the mishandling of guns. It doesn’t have to happen. They just need to step back and think about what they’re doing.”

Dyckes said he is grateful that the boy is all right but hopes this is a wakeup call for parents to lock up their guns.

“My prayers and thoughts go out to them, and I hope this small incident, which was a blessing that the child did not get seriously injured, that it was a finger injury, that they take heed,” he said. “And take better opportunity to secure the guns, secure the family because it could have been a terrible, terrible tragedy.”

Through a partnership with Serve and Connect and the city of Columbia, Columbia Police has a campaign to urge gun safety. Free gun locks will be provided to the community at an event on Thursday from 4 to 5 P.M. at the Katheryn Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant Street.

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