Bradenton boy, 3, expected to recover from gunshot wound

ejohnson@bradenton.comMarch 12, 2013 

— A 3-year-old boy who was found shot outside his Bradenton home Monday night is expected to fully recover, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The child was out front while his mother and five other adults were inside a home in the 600 block of 61st Avenue East, according to a report released Tuesday morning. About 11:30 p.m., the adults said they heard a gunshot and walked out to find the child lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his knee.

A gun was located next to the boy, and 911 was called.

Dave Bristow, sheriff’s office spokesman, said when deputies arrived at the scene, the boy and gun -- wrapped in a piece of clothing -- were both inside the home.

“They said they took the gun in when they took him in,” Bristow said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Manatee Memorial Hospital and then transferred to All Children’s Hospital for follow-up.

It has not been determined whether the gunshot was self-inflicted or where the gun came from, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We would like to get to the bottom of who owned the gun, where it came from and how the child was shot,” Bristow said.

Detectives will run the gun’s serial number through a database to see if it has been reported stolen.

“It’s a misconception that you can run a serial number and the name of the owner will just pop up,” he said.

Detectives and Child Protection Services continue to investigate.

The Bradenton Herald will update this report as information is released.

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.

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