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Kid finds loaded gun in Lenox Square dressing room; mom pulls trigger to see if it's real

The mother's response was curious

Kristen Reed and Doug Richards, WXIA 5:40 PM. EDT August 24, 2017

ATLANTA - A mother and son were inside of a dressing room in the Adidas store at Lenox Square Wednesday when the 8-year-old found what he thought was a toy gun under a bench.

That's when police said the mom pulled the trigger to "determine if the gun was real," according to an Atlanta Police Report. It happened about 5:42pm Wednesday, police say.

A single shot was fired from the .22 caliber gun but no one was injured. Police say "there was minimal damage to the wall" from the gunshot.

Police responded to the mall and took the gun into evidence. They have made no arrests and the incident is under investigation.

11Alive is Holding the Powerful Accountable and reached out to Lenox Square's management company who gave us this statement:

“Lenox Square management and the store involved are working closely with the Atlanta Police Department to share any information that may be helpful...Lenox Square is committed to providing a safe, quality shopping environment for our guests and employees. We are thankful that there were no injuries as a result of this isolated incident.â€

Jim Hinsdale, a manager at Chuck's Firearms in Buckhead, said that the idea of someone who is inexperienced with firearms questioning whether a gun is real or a toy is not that far-fetched.

"I’ve seen the toy versions," Hindsdale said. "You can go into many toy stores and even some of the Air Soft guns stores. The guns are â€" they’re hard to tell the difference...with the exception of maybe the fluorescent orange tip on the barrel."

Hinsdale said people should assume guns they see are loaded, and advises strongly against pulling the trigger to verify if they're real.

http://www.11alive.com/news/kid-fin...om-pulls-trigger-to-see-if-its-real/466955028
 

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This is what happens when you don't allow Eddie Eagle in schools.
 

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How does an adult manage somehow first to get to adulthood, then to raise their own child for eight years, and yet be saddled with such stupidity?
 

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Yea, in this case the parent was the problem!
 

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Wow, I thought she was trying to cover up an ND, but she actually pulled the trigger to see if it was loaded? That will do it. I doubt she had sense enough to even thing about where it was pointed when she did that. Lucky she didn't shoot her kid or someone else.

No charges? BS. If one of us squeezed off a round what would happen? Ignorance is an excuse then.
 

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Wow, I thought she was trying to cover up an ND, but she actually pulled the trigger to see if it was loaded? That will do it. I doubt she had sense enough to even thing about where it was pointed when she did that. Lucky she didn't shoot her kid or someone else.
At least she didn't look down the barrel to see if it was loaded.
 

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One of us did that with our own gun, or even just an ND/AD, we'd additionally be banned from the mall for life. Anyone want to take odds on her suing the mall for traumatizing her by allowing a gun to be left?
 

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I wonder if she would have pulled the pin on a grenade to see if it would go *BOOM!*.

Whether or not she would have been THAT stupid, I don't know. But I know for sure there are some people THAT stupid that are allowed out in public.
 
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