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Police: Mom fires gun found at mall to see if it was real

Posted August 25

— Police say a boy found a gun in a dressing room at an Atlanta mall and it fired when the mother pulled the trigger to see if it was real.

News outlets report the mother and son were inside a dressing room at the Adidas store in Lenox Square on Wednesday when the 10-year-old boy found what he thought was a toy gun under a bench. Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown says the mother took the gun from the boy and pulled the trigger "to see if it was real." A single shot was fired.

Brown says there were no injuries. There was minimal damage to the wall.

No charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 28, 2:58 p.m.
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    We need this DNA out of the gene pool.☹️

  • Mickey Forbes Aug 26, 10:09 p.m.
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    What ever happened to treating the gun as loaded? If you find yourself in similar situation then please call police and make sure no one touches it besides officer.

  • Mark Cline Aug 25, 2:20 p.m.
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    I'll bet she said: "It just went off!" That's how it happens. You pull the trigger to prove the gun is real/unreal, loaded/unloaded. Smart. Really, really smart.