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Police: 5-year-old shot in the foot

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.

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.

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Location of shooting

Location of shooting

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.

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MRKIA 2 years, 8 months ago

THIS NEW LAYOUT IS A NIGHTMARE TO NAVIGATE.WHAT IDIOT CAME UP WITH THIS?

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LuLu 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree! WALB and the Herald changed online formats at the same time and it's confusing! I see local and national and sports stories all grouped together, and there's a poll on the home page that I can't figure out how to get to, but the numbers have changed so someone is getting it... Hopefully this isn't final and there will be some adjustments made to make the website a little more user-friendly.

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Momof3 2 years, 8 months ago

They don't know who the gun belongs too.. they put the child's name in the article but not the mom? Really?

Oh and BTW--- this new payout is awful. Can't find anything and it's a tad bit messy.

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