Unattended gun leads to two children shot in Marietta

Marietta police carMarietta Police Car (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Paul Hill of the Marietta Police Department a man left a handgun on an apartment patio in a complex on Whitlock Avenue yesterday afternoon, leading to a shooting that injured two small children.

A four-year-old child picked up the gun and fired a gunshot that injured both the four-year-old and a two-year-old.

Both children were taken to the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital emergency department for treatment.

Ofc. Hill told the Courier in an email that the police department is still awaiting word on the condition of the children.


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The adult who had left the unattended gun was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on the following charges:

1 count of felon in possession of a firearm (F)

2 counts of cruelty to children 2nd degree (F)

1 count of reckless conduct (M)

1 count of tampering with evidence (F)