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Officers are urging gun owners to make safety a top priority after cities latest shooting

FORT WAYNE, IND. (WPTA) –  A weekend shooting left a 24-year-old woman, and a 4-year-old child nearly dead after a gun fell into the hands of children.

It happened Sunday morning at a home in the 4500 block of South Park Drive

One of the victims, 24-year-old Joynieccia, is now stable.

However, police say the little boy, 4-year-old Jadonte Bailey, remains in critical condition.

Now authorities are urging gun owners to make safety a top priority.

First, they say guns should always be kept out of reach of children and properly stored using gun safes and locks.

Next, police say education is key and everyone in the home should know how guns work, and how to keep safe around them

Lastly, police say every gun should be treated like it’s loaded.

“People have to think through these types of situations, and purchases, and ownership’s. They are dangerous, if we don’t educate ourselves and those around us, and if we don’t do the right things, you are inviting disaster and it’s going to happen. Don’t think it can’t happen to you, because it will happen to you. We are required to take the necessary steps to ensure our safety, [and] everyone’s safety,” said Officer Michael Joyner, with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Joyner also used the analogy of driving a car saying, when you turn 16 and drive a car that doesn’t make you a good driver, saying guns are the same way, they take practice.


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Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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