Man charged after 4-year-old fires unsecured gun inside NW Charlotte home

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CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A man has been arrested after a four-year-old accessed and fired a gun inside a home in northwest Charlotte, CMPD said Tuesday.

Officers responded to calls regarding a shooting around 11:30 a.m. on Monday near 2100 Long Ridge Lane. A four-year-old child was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An initial investigation identified Willie Allen, 33, as a suspect. He was determined to have left multiple guns unsecured in the home and was the only one inside the home at the time of the incident, the police report indicated.

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It is unclear at this time what the relationship is between the four-year-old and Allen.

Allen faces charges that include failure to properly store a gun and felony possession of a firearm. CMPD says multiple guns were found inside the home that were also easily accessible.

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