Dad cleaning gun accidentally shoots 1-year-old; Baby in critical condition
May 14, 2013 04:33 PM
Priscilla Sayre, 1, critically injured after she was accidentally shot.
Kevin Sayre, 26, was charged with aggravated assault.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -
A 13-month old girl remains hospitalized after she was accidentally shot in the chest on Sunday night while her father was cleaning a handgun.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. at the East Gate Apartment Complex located on Silver Street.
Authorities reported the child's father, 26-year-old Kevin Sayre, was field stripping a handgun inside an apartment unit when a 9mm round discharged, and struck the baby in the chest.
"It becomes disturbing and concerning that people don't use the proper methods to ensure their weapons is not loaded," Chief Paul Blackwell said.
Baby Priscilla Sayre was transported to an area hospital by a personal vehicle before being airlifted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. She was last listed in critical condition.
Police have charged Sayre with aggravated assault.
Blackwell said, "A detective went out and investigated just as though it were a crime, gathered all the facts statements. The things that should be gathered. Sure it is an accident. Everybody is sorry to see it happen, but is there some blame worthiness in that incident?"
Sayre is currently being held in the Metro jail and is expected to be transferred to the Coffee County Jail.
While authorities still have unanswered questions, Sayre's neighbors do, too.
"I don't know why the gun was loaded to start out with. If you're cleaning it, you can't clean one with shells in it, it's just that way," Vanessa Burgess told Nashville's News 2.
Jeremy Bryant added, "I keep running it through my mind why, why would you have bullets in your gun to begin with in the house."
These questions are also a cause for concern and worry that the stray bullet could have gone anywhere.
"No telling who has got guns, and what happens with them, it's wild, it's tragic," Burgess said.
Sayre will be held on a $20,000 bond and is expected to appear in court Thursday.