LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A 3-year-old child has been taken to Saints Mary & Elizabeth Hospital with reports of a gunshot wound.
According to Metrosafe, calls came into police around 11:24 a.m. Sunday morning, where the hospital reported that a three-year-old patient was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said that the 3-year-old was brought in for treatment of gunshot wounds to the hand and foot.
Further investigation revealed that the child was injured due to an accidental discharge at a residence in the 1500 block of South 9th Street. The child is expected to be okay.
A local gun safety advocate says it doesn’t matter who fired the gun, the shooting could have ended tragically.
“Message, after message, after message, a child has been shot,” Luther described. ”I’m just so glad the baby’s going to be all right,” Luther said.
In many of the cases Luther has seen over the past 20 years of his mission to spread awareness, the outcome is not a good one. It only takes seconds and three ounces of pressure on that trigger.
“It’s the negligence of an adult, first, but our babies have no understanding of the dangers of what can happen,” Luther said.
His driving force, his passion, is to teach families how to properly secure and store guns as well as teaching children what to do around them.
“The more you say, stop, don’t touch, run away, go tell an adult, they have a message now and the more they say over and over it becomes engrained in their mind,” Luther said.
“Wherever that child is, you need to take that message there too, because my grandson was at a babysitters house when he was shot and killed,” Luther said.
Kentucky currently doesn’t have very strict laws that hold parents accountable in these kinds of situations, but a bill has been pre-filed that would make it a misdemeanor for parents to not secure guns properly.
LMPD Major Crimes Unit is investigating the case.