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Police consider curfew violation after teen shoots 11-year-old boy

Jackson police are considering curfew

violations for the parents of an 11-year-old boy and the

14-year-old boy who accidentally shot him while the two were

hanging out in Jackson after midnight Saturday, department

spokesman Sgt. Jeffery Scott said.

The 11-year-old was wounded in the arm and taken to Central

Mississippi Medical Center, but his injury was not considered life

threatening, police said.

The shooting occurred about 12:43 a.m. at Shady Lane and

Shalimar Drive in south Jackson.

Scott said the boys, whose names are being withheld, were

outside with other juveniles when a the handgun accidentally

discharged.

Police believe the 14-year-old found the gun in a relative's

car, according to a www.clarionledger.com article. The boy was

detained for questioning. No charges have been filed.

"Where were the parents? That's our question," Scott said.

"If you're a parent of an 11-year-old you should know where your

child is."

Scott said the parents of both children were questioned.

Investigators may look into charging the parents with a curfew

violation, Scott said. He did not know if any other charges could

be filed.

In Jackson, children under 18 are prohibited from being on a

public street between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday

and from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Scott said parents who have guns in their homes should have a

gun lock or a gun safe and guns kept in cars should be locked in

the glove box.

"You have a right to protect yourself, but you also have a

fundamental right to protect your children," Scott said. "If that

gun was secured, there is no doubt in my mind this wouldn't have

happened."

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