GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Goodlettsville police have determined that a 5-year-old boy who died over the weekend was shot by an older sibling.
It happened at an apartment complex in the 400 block of Moss Trail around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police said their investigation revealed the children’s parents were at home at the time of the shooting.
Prior to the shooting, the dad had been watching television with the two children and was playing with the family’s cat with a laser mounted onto a gun.
Police said the man later went into the kitchen and forgot to put the firearm out of the children’s reach.
The older child picked up the gun in an effort to get the cat to chase the laser. Police said the child was unfamiliar with how the laser worked and instead pulled the gun’s trigger, firing one shot.
The 5-year-old victim was struck and killed.
The father stated he kept a weapon nearby for protection.
The Davidson County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and will determine if the father will face any charges.
Additional information was not released.