A 7-year-old fired a .77 caliber rifle four times in Minden, Louisiana and injured his aunt in the process.
According to WGNO, the child hit his aunt, 29-year-old Amanda Gibson (seen above), twice on August 18 because he was "hungry."
Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Tucker says that the family hasn't given full details on what “set the child off.” They may have covered up the crime and claimed that the gun was dropped twice; something that Tucker doesn't believe. “I mean, hell, when you shoot me again, you’re firing at somebody,” he says.
Authorities believe that the child removed the rifle from a cabinet and apparently knew how to use it; cocking the lever-action rifle before each shot. One bullet hit the aunt under her right arm and another hit her in the side.
The child's grandfather, 79-year old Billy Gibson, was arrested on a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by allowing “easy access to the gun.”
The boy's mother, 29-year old Angela Gibson, was arrested on an obstruction of justice charge.
On August 25, it was shared that the aunt and her mother, 64-year-old Cheryl Lee, were also arrested on obstruction. The adults in the home didn't report the shooting until at least an hour later.
The child apparently has a history of “anger issues” but can’t be charged with a crime as state law says that kids under the age of 10 are too young to have criminal “intent.”
[Photo: Webster Parish Sheriff's Office]