A father is in custody after police determined he acted recklessly in an accidental shooting of his 6-year-old daughter.
The incident happened Thursday afternoon, when the father, Eldon McInville, 26, was cleaning his shotgun at his residence near 75th and Glendale avenues, police said.
He then started walking to put the firearm away when he accidentally tripped. The firearm fell and discharged, striking the man’s 6-year-old daughter in the stomach, according to records and police.
She was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition but was reportedly alert and talking to authorities. She will undergo multiple surgeries.
Police later determined Mr. McInville was recklessly manipulating and handling the firearm just before he fell. As a result, police arrested him Thursday evening.
Records indicate Mr. McInville told police he had recently bought the firearm and was cleaning it for the first time.
“He also advised that he had never shot the weapon and researched loading it on Youtube and Google,” a Form IV states. “He advised that he had the victim in his room and was teaching her gun safety.”
Police located at least three firearms in the residence, one of which was reportedly left on a TV stand.
Mr. McInville was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault.
In his initial appearance video, Mr. McInville can be seen crying while being informed of his release conditions, which include electronic monitoring and not being able to have contact with his daughter.
“My family, we’re already penny-pinching everything,” Mr. McInville said. “I just want to help my family. That’s all I want to do.”
His next court appearance is Thursday.
“The Glendale Police wants the community to know that guns are always to be treated as loaded and should never be handled by anyone that is not familiar with the safe and proper handling of a firearm,” a release states. “All firearms should be safely carried and manipulated in an environment clear from others and stored in a secure manner that is out of reach of children. When carrying a firearm that is not holstered, fingers are to remain along the frame and away from the trigger with the firearm pointed in a safe direction such as straight down.”