Witness: Grandfather accidentally shot 2-year-old boy

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County police are investigating a shooting that killed a 2-year-old boy in Lilburn.

A witness told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach the shooting took place by the garage door of a home on Stafford Drive in unincorporated Lilburn on Tuesday night. Bullets flew toward the street, and one hit and killed the toddler in the driveway, police said.

Police said they received a call to report shots fired just before 10 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the boy on the ground and confirmed that the shooter was a relative, police said.

The man turned himself into police at the scene, police said.

A witness told Gehlbach that the boy’s father came to the house and got into an argument with the boy’s grandfather. She said the grandfather pulled the trigger, but that she thinks the shooting was an accident.

“He didn’t mean to, but he was trying to scare off the guy. The guy shoved him to the ground, so that’s how it started. He shoved him to the ground and he got up and he had the gun and started shooting,” the witness said.

Police said they think the man was trying to shoot someone else and the toddler was hit by mistake.

The man was taken into custody and is cooperating with detectives, police said.



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