AURORA, Colo. — No charges will be filed in the case of a 7-year-old boy who was shot in the head while playing with neighborhood friends earlier this month.
The Aurora Police Department said the boy is in stable condition and is talking but remains in the hospital with a long road ahead to recovery.
The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office said it believes the shooting was accidental and declined to file charges, saying the facts don’t support a crime.
Two weeks after accidentally being shot by a 12-year-old friend, Aurora police call the recovery of the 7-year-old victim inspirational.
“I think for what this child has been through and the condition he’s in right now is, I think when this all plays out, nothing short of a miracle,” said Cmdr. Kevin Flynn, district chief with Aurora police.
A miracle because police said the victim was shot above the right eye, the bullet going from front to back.
“It was very serious, life-threatening,” Flynn said.
According to police, the shooting happened July 9 when a 12-year-old, home alone, wanted to show off his dad's gun to his neighborhood friends.
“Kids are drawn to firearms, guns, stuff that they probably shouldn’t be around unsupervised,” Flynn said.
Leading his friends to his father’s hiding spot, police said the 12-year-old pulled the gun from the pocket of a coat hanging in his dad’s room. Several witnesses said he then inserted a magazine into the firearm.
“The gun was passed around amongst the remaining juveniles with all of them either touching or handling it at some point,” Flynn said.
In the 12-year-old’s hands, the trigger was accidentally pulled and the bullet struck the younger boy in the head. The DA's office said the facts point to an accidental shooting and no criminal charges will be filed.
“You may think that your child does not know that you have a weapon. You may think that they don’t know where it is kept. But they do and if they find it, tragic events can happen,” Arapahoe County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
Aurora police met with the young victim in his room at Children’s Hospital on Monday night. Police said the meeting was inspirational.
The names of the 12-year-old shooter and victim are not being released.
Aurora police warn parents about the importance of locking up guns.