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Gahanna Officer Speaks about Gun Safety after Child Shot in Head
SOUTH COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A 10-year-old boy is recovering after family members said his brother accidentally shot him in the head.
The father of Ivion'tae Stevens said the boy is opening his eyes and talking in the Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Family members said the injury happened last weekend, when the brothers were playing in an alley near their Studer Avenue home in South Columbus. This alley was reportedly where the boys found the gun.
Shortly after the incident, Gahanna Lt. Dan Williams spoke to kids at local schools about gun safety.
"Storage of any weapon kept in the home is the first step," Williams said. "It's very critical to keep the weapons secured. It's a very good idea to keep the weapons and the ammunition stored separately."
He told children that if they do find a gun, to leave it alone.
"If you do not touch it, it cannot hurt you," he said. "Go notify an adult. Get a hold of somebody that can safely make sure the weapon stays where it is until police get there."
Columbus Police said the shooting involving Ivion'tae appears to be an accident but is still under investigation. They did not reveal if anyone would be facing charges.