Bibb County Deputies: Toddler remains in critical condition following accidental shooting
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Deputies say the shooting that injured a one-year-old Thursday evening was accidental.
Terrion Rice was shot inside a home on Ayers Road, according to Sheriff David Davis. It happened a day before his second birthday.
Sheriff Davis says a 16-year-old was playing with a gun inside the home when it fired, hitting the child.
“There were people in the house certainly knew what happened and the children in the house sort of had some ideas of what happened and had some statements that they gave, which helped us get to the bottom of the true instances of what happened,” said Davis.
Deputies initially responded to what they were told was a drive by shooting, but the investigation showed that was not the case. The exact time of the shooting is still undetermined.
“There was a little bit of time elapsed after the shooting to the time that one of the children in the house called her aunt to say something had happened. The aunt, then in turn called law enforcement, called 911,” said Davis.
The type of gun is also undetermined because the sheriff’s office doesn’t have it.
“Someone took the gun and took it away from the house and hid it,” said Davis.
It’s still unclear how the 16 year-old got the gun, but Sheriff Davis says this accident could have been avoided.
Rice remains in critical condition at Medical Center, Navicent Health.
Deputies say a total of four juveniles, ranging from ages 14 to 17, were inside the home when that gun went off.
Right now, no charges have been filed in this investigation.