A FOUR-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
Na’vaun Jackson was at a friend’s house in Oakland, California, USA, on March 27 when he found the gun unlocked and loaded under a pillow.
He was rushed to hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit, where he was left in a critical condition.
The gun belonged to family friend Terrence Wilson, who was prohibited from owning a firearm due to prior felony convictions, KRON4 reported.
Police charged Wilson for possession of a firearm by a felon and child abuse.
Weeks after the accident, the little boy is now in a stable condition, but his family are traumatised as Na’vaun is the fifth family member to be shot.
It was real irresponsible. And unfortunately it was my grandson who got to pay the ultimate price
Three of his uncles and an aunt have been killed by gunfire in Oakland.
Ramon Price, Na’vaun’s grandfather said: “It was real irresponsible. And unfortunately it was my grandson who got to pay the ultimate price.”
Na’vaun’s family were terrified he wouldn’t survive after he was placed into a medically induced coma, and they stayed by his hospital bedside until he woke up.
For a week, he lay bandaged up with no sign of activity, surrounded by toys and balloons left by family members.
Great-aunt Jamilia Land said the young boy is alive but will have permanent brain damage.
She added: “We maintain our faith and pray that things will turn out and he will leave (the hospital), but with the extent of his injuries, he’ll never be the same.”
Nathan Jackon, Na’vaun’s dad lost two brothers and a sister to gun violence, and mum Brijjanna Price has lost a brother to the same fate.
Jamilia added: “It’s an epidemic in our community. We have these killings in our communities all the time, in the African-American community and oftentimes it’s not talked about.”
“We can’t seem to escape it.”
He’ll never be the same
Ramon posted to Facebook alongside pictures of his grandson: “Before work after work all during the day you are on my mind PaPa loves you keep fighting Na’vaun and as you get better I get better.”
In March last year another ‘accidental’ shooting left one girl, 17, dead and another teenage boy critically injured.
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Police confirmed the shooting in Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, did not come from “someone from the outside the school” and said they were investigating the possibility it was accidental.
And in November 2016 a mum accidentally shot her 11-year-old daughter at a party while showing off her gun to fellow parents.
Police officer Misty Michelle Flowers was hosting a Halloween party at her home in Lincolnton, North Carolina when the incident took place.
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