Four-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself

By Ben Wolf - email | bio

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) -  An Ark-La-Tex family is grieving over their four-year-old child's death after they say he shot himself.

"He'll always be missed, always, because that was our baby," said Yvonne Morrison.

A backpack for the first day of pre-school, a bicycle rolled through dusty driveways, and toy trucks smashed together during play time - all triggers for instant memories of four-year-old Alexander Morrison who deputies say accidentally shot himself in the head inside his grandparent's kitchen.

"I'm so used to him getting up in the morning time saying I want some cereal and me saying let me sleep a little while and him saying Mama come on," said Alexander's mother Yvonne Morrison.

The tragedy began Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock.

Alexander's grandmother Lettice was pulling clothes off the line outside her Natchitoches Parish home.   "All the sudden I heard a pop and I said oh Lord I hope that child didn't get that pistol," she said.

The Morrison's say the pistol was a 22-caliber hand gun which Lettice says she hid underneath a jacket on top of a heater.

"I ran in the house and there he was laying on the floor, he made one cry, and he leaned over and that was it," said Lettice.

"You would hear it on TV, this six-year-old, this 13-year-old, but you would never, never, never guess it would be your baby," added Yvonne.

Yvonne and Tommy Morrison plan to lay Alexander to rest at the Iron Springs Baptist Church's cemetery just down the road from their home, right next to his great grandparents.

Yvonne knows what she misses the most.

"His smile, he always had a smile, no matter what, he's going to come in there and smile," she said.

Like the backpack, bike, and toy trucks, Alexander's smile will serve as a memory for his family as they heal from tragedy.

The most recent statistics available show the number of children and teens in America killed by guns in 2005 would fill 120 public school classrooms of 25 students each.

In 2005, 69 preschoolers were killed by firearms compared to 53 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Since 1979, gun violence has snuffed out the lives of 104,419 children and teens in America.

The number of children and teens killed by guns since 1979 would fill 4,177 public school classrooms of 25 students each.

Carolyn Roy contributed the statistics to this report.