October 20, 2020

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Uncle arrested after 3-year-old shot himself with gun left in kitchen drawer

Jupiter Inlet Colony Police arrested James Romano Sunday afternoon after they said he confessed to leaving his loaded 9 mm pistol in a kitchen drawer, where his 3-year-old great-nephew found it and shot himself.Police responded to a home in the 100 block of Lighthouse Drive around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.Police said the bullet struck the child’s hand and entered and exited his thigh. He was rushed to the hospital where he was said to be stable, with non-life threatening injuries.”Thank the Lord he’s going to be OK – he’s in stable condition, it didn’t hit any major arteries so that was the great news,” said police Chief John Pruitt.According to the police report, Romano’s sister was babysitting her grandson that afternoon when he climbed on the kitchen counter and opened the drawer.Police said Romano told them he had put the gun there the day before and forgotten about it. He also allegedly told police he had smoked marijuana hours before the boy came over.”This is a prime example we preach about it all the time — about securing firearms, keeping them in a safe or storing the firearm and the ammunition separately unloaded, or tragedies can happen, fortunately this was not a tragedy,” said Pruitt.Pruitt said Romano, who lists an address in West Virginia and was visiting his sister to help her move, was remorseful and cooperative. He faces charges of culpable negligence and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Jupiter Inlet Colony Police arrested James Romano Sunday afternoon after they said he confessed to leaving his loaded 9 mm pistol in a kitchen drawer, where his 3-year-old great-nephew found it and shot himself.

Police responded to a home in the 100 block of Lighthouse Drive around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the bullet struck the child’s hand and entered and exited his thigh. He was rushed to the hospital where he was said to be stable, with non-life threatening injuries.

“Thank the Lord he’s going to be OK – he’s in stable condition, it didn’t hit any major arteries so that was the great news,” said police Chief John Pruitt.

According to the police report, Romano’s sister was babysitting her grandson that afternoon when he climbed on the kitchen counter and opened the drawer.

Police said Romano told them he had put the gun there the day before and forgotten about it. He also allegedly told police he had smoked marijuana hours before the boy came over.

“This is a prime example we preach about it all the time — about securing firearms, keeping them in a safe or storing the firearm and the ammunition separately unloaded, or tragedies can happen, fortunately this was not a tragedy,” said Pruitt.

Pruitt said Romano, who lists an address in West Virginia and was visiting his sister to help her move, was remorseful and cooperative. He faces charges of culpable negligence and unsafe storage of a firearm.

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