• Child critical after shooting at Lithonia hotel

    By: Nicole Emmett


    LITHONIA, Ga. - A boy is recovering after what police believe was an accidental shooting in Lithonia.

    Police said the 2-year-old shot himself in the stomach.



    The shooting took place at the Knights Inn off Interstate 20 on Panola Road around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

    Police said the toddler somehow got his mother's gun out of her purse and pulled the trigger of the revolver.

    Homicide detectives and investigators processed the scene for hours collecting evidence, including the gun. They also impounded the mother's car.

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    Police said there was another woman staying in the hotel room overnight.

    "The mother is at the hospital. We're interviewing her. A second individual that was in the room we're interviewing at the scene here," DeKalb police Lt. Mark Lavigne said.

    Police have not released the name of the child or said if the mother will face any charges.

    The child was in critical condition as of Monday afternoon.

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