Boy, 5, fires handgun in Gilbert front yard

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A five-year-old boy fired a handgun in the front yard of a Gilbert home on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Gilbert Police Dept.

It happened at a home in the 700 block of East Barbarita Street. That's near Guadalupe and Lindsey roads.

Police said a neighbor witnessed a 5-year-old boy discharge a handgun.

An investigation revealed that a 27-year-old babysitter was watching 6 children at the house. Four of the children lived at the residence and two of them were the babysitter's children.

Police said the boy removed a 9mm handgun and a shotgun from the master bedroom closet and brought them outside.

The child walked out of the front of the home where he dropped the shotgun on the ground and fired one round from the handgun.

No one was injured and there was no property damage.

Child Protective Services was notified and responded to the scene.

No word on if any of the adults in this case are facing charges.

The Gilbert Police Department urges adults and parents to talk to kids about the potential dangers of firearms, and firearm safety. 

Parents should take the time to teach their children what to do if they do come across a firearm. 

If the decision is made to keep a firearm in the home it is vital to ensure it remains out of the hands of those who cannot safely possess it. It is the firearm owner’s responsibility to ensure their firearm does not fall into the wrong hands.

According to the Gilbert Police Department, the safest way to store a firearm is unloaded in a firearm safe or locker. Other levels of security might include adding a trigger lock and storing ammunition in a separate location.