A nine-year-old boy accidentally shot and injured his brother with a pistol in the stomach in Waterfalls last Thursday morning.
The boy got hold of his father’s gun which had been left unsecured in the bedroom. Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident saying the victim, aged 10, sustained minor injuries in the mishap.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm a shooting incident committed by a nine-year-old boy on August 27, 2015 in Waterfalls, Harare.
“On the said date at around 1000 hours, the father of the two boys who owns some businesses in Harare left his two sons aged nine and 10 years at his residence,” she said.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the two boys entered their father’s bedroom and got hold of an unsecured firearm.
“The younger boy tampered with the firearm and accidentally shot his elder brother in the stomach, who sustained moderate injuries,” she said.
The injured boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment and police are still investigating the case.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged members of the public to secure their firearms in the appropriate gun cabinets and that they were not accessible by children.
This is not the first time that unsecured firearms have been found in wrong hands especially of children. In 2012, two Harare teenagers allegedly ambushed and shot at six cars on separate occasions in one night while wearing camouflage.
Taylor Cameron (19) and his 17-year-old friend were charged with 10 counts of attempted murder after they allegedly hatched a plan in July 2012 to shoot at motorists passing through the intersection of Leopold Takawira Street and Cork Road.
It was alleged that they hid in a ditch and shot at motorists passing through the robot controlled intersection.