Toddler Obtains Gun, Shoots Himself at Alabama Housing Complex

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
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Toddler Obtains Gun, Shoots Himself at Alabama Housing Complex
Police tape in a file photo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A toddler got his hands on a gun and shot himself in Alabama on Nov. 14.

Family members of 2-year-old Ke’Anthony Jelks told WTVM that they’re not sure how the boy obtained the gun.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses; no other injuries have been reported.

The shooting took place at the Collegeville public housing apartments in Jefferson County.

Angela Jelks Gilliam, the toddler’s great-grandmother, said that he was at home with his parents at the time of the shooting, around 10 a.m.

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“My daughter called me and told me her grandbaby was dead,” Gilliam told AL.com. She said the boy was outgoing and loved by everyone.

“He was like an old man in a baby’s body,” Gilliam said.

Birmingham North Precinct Capt. James Jackson said that he could not confirm that the boy shot himself. He said the incident highlights the need for gun safety and urged people with guns to be careful.

”For those who carry guns, we ask them to be safe. Make sure you know how to use a gun, make sure you have the gun in a safe place,” the captain said.

“We’re asking people to be safe with guns, especially when there are kids in the home.”

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