Arrest papers are shedding more light into the shooting of a 3-year-old girl.
The child is fighting for her life after a 5-year-old boy aimed and fired the gun at her. The little girl, who lives in Pueblo, was airlifted to a hospital in Colorado Springs, where she underwent surgery. She was last listed in critical but stable condition.
The shooting happened at 10:15 a.m. on Monday on Colfax Avenue in Pueblo.
According to court documents, the 5-year-old and a 9-year-old boy found the handgun inside a backpack left in one of the bedrooms. The 9-year-old told police he knew how to handle the gun from playing video games.
Police say the gun belonged to 22-year-old Adrian Chavez, who is the boyfriend of the little girl's mother. Chavez and the child's mother were both home at the time of the shooting; Chavez was reportedly sleeping when the boys went through the backpack. Court documents state that the children reported to authorities that Chavez hid the gun after the shooting, then fled the scene. He was later found and arrested.
According to the court documents, Chavez was remorseful when speaking to detectives. He reportedly stated that he'd cautioned the kids to not touch the weapon, and that he kept the backpack on a shelf in the a closet.
Chavez is now facing child abuse charges. Police say the 5 and 9-year-old boys won't face any charges because of their age. Investigators are still deciding if the girl's mother should be charged.
Pueblo police say hiding a gun from your kids somewhere in the house just does not work. It’s best to always lock them up.
11 News looked into the suspect’s background. He previously had a warrant out for his arrest for not showing up to court on an assault charge.
Chavez remains in the Pueblo County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
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