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
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
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
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