Six-year-old struck in accidental discharge of firearm in Lanett

Published 10:16 am Friday, March 24, 2023

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UPDATE: On March 23 at approximately 9:40 p.m., Lanett Police Department and Lanett Fire and EMS responded to an accidental shooting in which a six-year-old adolescent sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen at New Jackson Heights Community, according to Sgt. Kody Kent with Lanett Police Department.

The adolescent was taken by EMS and airlifted to trauma care. The investigation by the LPD found that the victim’s adolescent brother got ahold of an unsecured firearm in the household and accidentally discharged. The mother of the victim was arrested for reckless endangerment.

No further information has been given on the child’s condition. The identities of the mother and sibling were not released by the police department out of consideration of the children.

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An accidental discharge of a firearm injured a six-year-old child Thursday night at Jackson Heights community in Lanett, according to Lanett Police Department.

The child was air lifted to a local area hospital last night and is currently in intensive care.

The Valley Times-News will update as more information is made available.