LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Lakewood have revealed more details about how a 3-year-old boy was able to pick up a gun and shoot and kill his 5-year-old brother.
The shooting happened at about 9:45 a.m. Friday where the children lived, the Eagle Crest Apartments located at 1614 Iris St.
The gun belonged to Adam Laham of Wichita, Kansas. He has been arrested for charges of child abuse, criminal negligence causing death.
Laham and his fiancee, Stacy Ward, were staying in the boys’ room at the home. The boys were told not to go into the room while the couple was staying there, but they went into the room to play video games. That’s when family members heard the gun shot.
Three children lived at the home, the two boys and a 6-year-old girl, with their parents, Donald Javier and Sidra Connell.
Laham told police that he had the Kel-Tech 32 caliber gun with him, loaded with a round in the chamber. He said he kept it near his head while he slept and didn’t think to put it away because he doesn’t have kids and never puts away his guns.
“The kids parents told them you know that we’re staying in their game room or whatever, and don’t go in there you know. It was my fault, you know, that I left it out, pretty much,” said Laham according to the arrest affidavit.
The 3-year-old told police, “I just wanted to show him the gun,” and that he accidentally “shooted him.”
Family and friends at the home started to perform CPR on the boy and put pressure on the wound while help was on the way. The boy died about 45 minutes later at the hospital.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Laham Arrest Affidavit