HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A four-year-old boy is recovering after he was accidentally shot inside his Tuckahoe home Saturday morning. Police were called to the home on Rolando drive off Patterson Avenue around 7:00 a.m.
The child's father, Willie Alley, says he always keeps his gun locked away. Now, he has a message for all parents who own a gun and have children in their home.
"Think twice about buying guns, I have," said Alley.
Alley says he never imagined his .38 caliber gun would get anywhere close to his two sons. He says his wife was home with the kids, ages four and 10. Somehow that gun went off and his four year old was shot in the leg.
"They said it went all the way through his leg," said the boy's grandma Patricia Horton. "He has no broken bones. No arteries or anything were shattered. He's going to be fine."
Horton had no idea what to think when Alley called to tell her his son was shot. They both rushed home from work.
"The first thing I could think of was to get straight home and find out what was going on," Alley noted.
Alley doesn't understand how the gun even got near his son. He says he keeps it locked away. He and his wife only use it for protection.
"Maybe she was concerned because we had some incidents where some people have tried to break-in before here, so that's the only reason I got it in the first place," Alley added.
Alley says the mom removed the gun from its safe when someone tried breaking in several months ago. He says, as far as he knew, the boys never even knew he owned a gun.
"I didn't know what to think," said Horton. "It's unbelievable. I'm not much on guns. It didn't make sense to me. I'm trying to figure out how a four-year-old can cock a gun back and shoot himself in the left. I just don't understand what happen here last night."
Detectives and child protective services are trying to answer that very question as they continue their investigation. The four-year-old is going to be okay according to officers. Police haven't said if they're filing any charges. NBC12 will provide updates from authorities as the investigation continues.