6-year-old Hardin County boy dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) — A 6-year-old boy died Tuesday of a self-inflicted “accidental” gunshot wound to the head, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
His mother has since been hospitalized, and a visitor is behind bars, accused of bringing the gun into the Hardin County home.
“The child evidently came into the room, picked up the gun and took it back into his bedroom,” Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said.
Deputies said the firearm belonged to 30-year-old Jacorey Williams, a friend visiting the 6-year-old boy’s mother.
Williams was arrested, because he can’t legally own a gun due to his long criminal history of drugs charges for trafficking marijuana. Court records said he left the weapon “unattended in a location where the child was able to gain access.” He’s charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
The incident brought neighbors into the street as a swarm of emergency responders rushed to the home off West Airview Drive around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
“I kept hearing somebody yelling is he going to be OK,” said Estella Gregory, who lives nearby. “There’s always kids out running around playing lots of them. You would think nothing like this would happen so close to where you live.”
Gregory said the little boy was often seen outside with friends and played with her kids just last week. The home where the shooting occurred sat empty Wednesday with the 6-year-old’s toys still in the driveway.
“We deal with death on a regular basis, but you don’t expect to deal with the death of a 6-year-old child,” Ward said. “So that makes it tragic.”
An autopsy was performed Wednesday, but the boy’s name has not been released.
“I’m disappointed in the fact that I know ‘Corey … he wouldn’t hurt anyone on purpose,” Gregory said. “I’m sad for the mom. I really hurt for her. She lost her only child. That was her baby, and he’s gone.”
The child’s mother was hospitalized, deputies said. She wasn’t injured by the gunshot, rather heartsick by the loss.