ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a five-year-old fired off a gun in an Albuquerque neighborhood Monday that left many wondering how it ended up in his hands.
“I’m horrified. That stuff should not happen,” Sandy Wegner said. “Everything hits too close to home.”
According to police, 31-year-old Gregory Grant threatened his sister-in-law and then tried to hide the evidence late Sunday night.
“This individual was…making lots of menacing and violent threats towards her. At one point, he actually did point the gun at her and she feared for her life,” says APD Officer Tanner Tixier.
Grant fled, but police were able to track him down and talk him into returning to the scene near Mountain and Seventh Street. That is when they arrested him. However, before police arrested him, they think the man was able to hide his gun at a friend’s shed.
“He didn’t do a very good job of hiding the gun and some family members of his, a five year old, found the gun and began playing with it,” said Tixier.
Police say officers, who were close by talking with Grant, spotted the child and what police believe was a sawed-off shotgun. Officers tried to get it away from him but the boy fired off a round into the air before they could.
“I don’t think that Greg should be hiding a gun near children.”
Mariah Sanchez, who knows the boy, said it’s difficult to imagine what could have happened to him or others nearby.
“I’m scared if the gun would have went through the fence and I was riding around on my scooter and it would have shot me,” said Sanchez.
Grant faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly making threats and child abuse charges for stashing the gun.
In addition to the five-year-old, a two-year-old and an 18-month-old also live at the home. Police say it’s unclear if the other two children were there when the gun went off.
Paramedics checked out the boy who walked away with just a few scrapes.
Police said Grant has a long history of violent crime, domestic violence and mental health issues. Right now, the parents of the boy aren’t facing any charges.