COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Residents of Warren Williams Homes in Columbus say a recent shooting that left a nine-year-old recovering from a gunshot wound is a wake-up call for the entire community.
"As a mother, something happening to your children is a hard thing to deal with. "Nobody wants that to happen," says Jasmine Outlaw.
Residents who live in Warren Williams Homes say it's a place where many children in the neighborhood play and build relationships with one another. They say they could never have imagined a shooting involving a nine-year-old would happen in the neighborhood. The next door neighbor says it hit the community hard.
"It's devastating. It's devastating. I don't have any babies, but I have grandkids. I can't imagine how she's feeling right now," one resident says.
According to Columbus police, a gun accidentally went off after being dropped. The nine-year-old victim was shot in the mouth area. The child was taken to Piedmont Regional Health where he was listed as being in critical condition.
"It could be anybody's child. It could have been anybody playing in there, or someone else could have lost their life," says Outlaw.
The child has since been transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It's unclear how this shooting unfolded.
News Leader 9 is waiting to learn who was holding the gun when it dropped.
Columbus police say they are not expecting to file any charges.