This afternoon at 3:06 p.m., Hoover Police received a 911 call from a resident at The Cliffs at Rocky Ridge Apartments. The caller had returned home from work when she discovered an adult family member who was unresponsive. Hoover Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim, a 31 year old male, deceased on the scene. The victim appears to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Detectives and crime scene technicians have examined the scene, collected evidence and interviewed several individuals. Preliminary information provided to officers indicated that the victim’s two year old son may have accidentally shot his father. The toddler and the deceased were possibly the only two individuals who were present when the incident occurred. Other possible scenarios are being investigated but at this time there does not appear to be an intruder or any third person involved. However, this investigation is still in its very early stages and detectives are not completely ruling out other possibilities.
That was a few days ago but even on Wednesday there seemed to be no other possibilities:
In an email Wednesday to CNN, (Police Detective Gregg) Rector said: "This is not going to be a suicide and so far there is no evidence of an intruder or any other third person involved. I can't, with certainty, rule out other possibilities at this time, but this is looking more and more like a horrible, accidental shooting by a child who found a handgun in the home."
Detective Rector also added this:
"People find it hard to believe that a two-and-a-half-year-old is physically capable of firing a handgun,” Rector said. “Sadly, I found numerous examples. It’s not unheard of.”
Yes certainly NOT unheard of in the land of the 2nd Amendment.