MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is facing charges after he allegedly left his gun unattended, resulting in the death of a 9-year-old girl.
According to Memphis Police, officers responded a little after 3 p.m. Sunday to a shooting on Biscayne Road.
A 7-year-old boy accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister while playing with a gun. The girl was taken to LeBonheur in critical condition, where she later died.
MPD says the boy found the gun in a car’s glove box. The gun reportedly belonged to James Bowen Jr., the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.
Bowen is charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Child Neglect and being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun. He has a previous conviction for voluntary manslaughter, police said. He is set to appear in court Tuesday.
The shooting happened a short walk from Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives’ Headquarters– an organization dedicated to ending gun violence. Founder Stevie Moore says this is why he continues to fight for gun reform.
“How can we get guns so easily? Where are our leaders,” Moore asked. “People are leaving guns in their cars. People are leaving guns on their dressers. People [are] leaving guns under the bed. So, our kids can get guns just like they can get a bag of candy.”