UPDATE: Two Year-Old Shot Self in Leg with Father’s Handgun in Waldorf

January 28, 2016

ccso charles county sheriff's office 002UPDATE 1/28/2016 @ 12:25 p.m.: On January 27 at 3:48 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 block of Patapsco Place in Waldorf for the report of an accidental shooting.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a two year-old boy, obtained his father’s unsecured handgun while his father was asleep and accidentally shot himself in the leg.

The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Det. J. Elliott is investigating.

1/27/2016: On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at approximately 3:45 p.m., a father in Waldorf said he was awakened by a gunshot, and discovered his child had been shot in leg.

The gunshot was self inflicted according to an official from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred on Patapsco Place, in Waldorf.

The child was airlifted to an area trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

23 Responses to UPDATE: Two Year-Old Shot Self in Leg with Father’s Handgun in Waldorf

  1. AliceW on January 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Two year old can’t chamber a round so how did the weapon get loaded if it is a semi auto? Then he is not big enough to get his hand around the grip to pull the trigger much less to apply 3 pounds to the trigger. We be needing more information on this. When the police get thru with this father he will be stammering faster than Mel Tillis telling a joke!

    • Keepin It Real on January 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      We’ll be back with more “Conspiracy Theories That Have Zero Merit” with your host AliceW right after these commercial messages.

      • Oscar Meyer on January 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm


      • Sea of Joy on January 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        Hahaha Good one

    • whatever on January 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

      You’re an idiot that knows nothing about firearms.So stop trying to impress others by stating 3 pounds of trigger force.

      • kal on January 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

        You’re firearm fetish isn’t impressive.

    • anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      His father was allowed to fly out with him in the helicopter, unfortunately they didn’t arrest him right there. Sounds as if he is an officer or a security guard, they should have jailed him, right, then and there. There’s no reason gun wasn’t in a safe or gun cabinet, probably in the bottom of an open closet, btw a great hiding spot. I have a trigger lock for him but it’s to late. Now the child is probably crippled for life and Dad better be going to jail. Whom are these stupid people that are allowed to live less procreate.

  2. anonymous on January 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    40 caliber and a 2 yr old finds it wth

    • Tony James on January 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

      .40 cal? How do you know this?

      • anonymous on February 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        You know you can hear your local Sheriffs dispatch online right? its a few clicks away for most.

  3. Anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Why is the father sleeping at 3:45 in the afternoon with a child in the house? Get a job loser!

    • Anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Uh, because he HAS A JOB…as a security guard. Loser!

  4. Anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Idiot “father” takes a nap with a 2 year old there with a loaded gun. Idiot. No doubt “thugging”, not teaching his child any lessons. Sad. Sad. Sad.

    • Anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Per Ch 7 news, your ‘thug’ is an employed security guard. Agreed, having the gun within reach of a 2 yr old is not good.

  5. Oscar Meyer on January 28, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Waldorf trains ’em young. Future thugsters of Waldorf… ***Sarcasm so save your keyboard warrior opinions. ***

  6. anonymous on January 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Why didn’t he hear the crying baby after the gunshot, because he discharged his own weapon accidentally. Now he’ll be in jail longer than if he just told the truth.

    • Keepin It Real on January 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      So you know exactly what happened? Shut it down police, anonymous has cracked the case!

      • Keep it real on February 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        I’ve cracked more cases than you have by far and away. You don’t keep anything real because you don’t know anything real (unless of course its brought to you by press re;ease c/o the local Sheriffs department.) Remember in almost every statement theres a little bit of truth, your brain just has to figure out what the operative words are. So I kept it real what the hell are you doing Commentator!

  7. Saturated Fat on January 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    No arrest yet. That means…

    • yeah right on January 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Arrest? I guarantee the guilt the father is experiencing outweighs any legal action. Could the father have done a better job securing his weapon? Of course. Does he deserve to be jailed?

      If this is the case, which situation deserves jail time?: The father leaving his gun unsecured and the child hurting them self; or (hot car incident on Pax base) summer before last the father that drove to work, went to a meeting mid day all while his child was strapped in the back seat. All charges were dropped. In my opinion the father leaving his child in the hot car by far deserves jail time.

      • Saturated Fat on February 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        “Yes” to your first 3 questions. “Both” to the last one.

      • Keep it real on February 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm

        Glad you feel that way, but the father should go to jail per Maryland law, other children have died for this Man not to have known the consequences of leaving a Weapon unattended and loaded, If he doesn’t go to jail, there deaths will have been in vain.

  8. Anonymous on January 29, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Thank goodness the kid is alive.