Mother of young shooting victim talks

By Fred Childers - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "He was gasping for air, so I ran and called 911," said  Salonica Williams as she  describesd watching her son fight for air. La'Byron Williams had just shot himself in the throat with a 9 mm pistol.

"Then I seen him laid in the floor, he still had his back pack on, and school clothes," said Salonica.

Dozens of police and investigators would soon fill the home, to gather evidence, and interview witnesses trying to find out what happened.

"In the meantime we got a child that's fighting for their life at LSU," said Investigator J.T. Muller with the Shreveport Police Department.

Salonica says while she was getting her son ready for school, her cousin stopped by to visit, carrying the gun in her purse.

"And laid it down in the living room, and he seen it when she put it down," said Salonica.

After reportedly shooting himself, La'Byron was rushed to the hospital,  on their way, Salonica believes her son tried to apologize.

"He was trying to tell me something, looked like he was trying to say momma I'm sorry," said Salonica.

At this point in the investigation police can't place blame on any one person inside the home.

But police are not ruling out charges down the road.

"We've sent everyone home, we're going to review our case, review the evidence we have. We have some analysis to be done on some of the evidence," said Muller.

Salonica is angry with her cousin for bringing the gun into her home, and reportedly putting in a spot that was easily accessed by her son.

"I don't own one, and I don't feel like a gun should be laying around period," said Salonica.

Police agree, and say this is a text book case for keeping guns out of reach of kids.

Unfortunately that lesson could be at the cost of a young life.

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