Police talk to people outside of an apartment on the 1500 block of Avalon Avenue where a 5-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with a gun in her book bag, officers say.
ALBANY — A five-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to her foot at about 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at her home at 1505-B Avalon Ave., said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.
“She was going to do homework and grabbed a book bag from the sofa,” Banks said. “The bag dropped on the floor and the gun in it went off and struck her in the foot.”
Quantisha Mallary was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by her mother, according to her uncle, Charles Hayes. At about 5 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said there was no patient by that name at the hospital.
Police who arrived at the duplex did not find the gun, Banks said.
“The gun went off by mistake,” Hayes said. “She was going to do her homework. The gun shoulda been in the truck. I don’t know whose gun it is.”
At one point, Hayes broke down crying while leaning against a wall of the cinder-block, single-story duplex as a police officer slowly questioned him about the shooting. A couple of neighbors came out to the street to see what was happening.
“He shouldn’t have a gun in that house,” said a neighbor, who did not wish to be identified. “They’ve got nephews and nieces always come around. There are 12 children over there sometimes.”
Mallory’s mother’s name was not immediately released. No details such as who owned the book bag with the gun or why it was in a book bag to begin with were available. Police continue to investigate the shooting.