Kid finds gun in Atlanta mall, mom pulls trigger to see if it’s real

A wall inside the dressing room of a store in an Atlanta mall was left with minor damage Wednesday evening after an 8-year-old boy found a loaded handgun and his mother pulled the trigger to determine whether it was real.

Only one shot was fired from the .22-caliber handgun – which was, indeed, real – but no one was injured.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, the incident at Lenox Square happened just before 6 p.m. The boy said he found the gun under a bench and thought it was a toy. His mother, on the other hand, wasn’t sure, so she pulled the trigger.

Jim Hinsdale, manager at Chuck’s Firearms, an Atlanta area gun shop, said while it’s not surprising individuals unfamiliar with firearms might question whether a gun is real, he doesn’t advise pulling the trigger for verification.

Lenox Square management said in an emailed statement to local media they are thankful there wasn’t any injuries and they are “working closely with the Atlanta Police Department to share any information that may be helpful.”

No charges have been filed at this time, but the incident remains under investigation.

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