Two-Year-Old Dies After Mistaking Gun For Toy
Benson Jones was playing with a batch of toys when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon (March 25.)
Police are currently investigating a tragic shooting in High Point, North Carolina that left a toddler dead. MyFox8 reports two-year-old Benson Jones accidentally shot himself in the head, possibly mistaking the gun for a toy.
Neighbor Marvin Johnson told reporters they met the toddler and his father just a few hours before the shooting. Johnson said he and his wife gave the father toys after he asked them if they anything the child can play with. Minutes later, the group heard a pop from the home. “He said, ‘Thank you for the toys,’ and the dad was just sitting there with his back kind of turned to us and just texting on his phone and it wasn’t 10 minutes later we heard a pop,” Johnson said. “When the baby fell the daddy jumped up and said, ‘My baby just shot himself’ and that’s when San and I rushed over to the yard to see what we could do to help."
Paramedics arrived at the home, but Benson passed away at a local hospital hours later. The owner of the home on Filbert Place said he didn't know the family well, but the father came over to visit his nephew. Stepvoini Walker, a close friend of Benson's mother Shelby, was shocked to hear the news by way of Facebook.
Speaking to WXII12, Walker said Benson was upbeat and loved to listen to music. She also described both parents as loving and kind. "He was such a character to be around with a bright smile and contagious laugh," Walker said. "He enjoyed spending time with family, playing outside, listening and dancing to music."
Family friends have created a GoFundMe in hopes of raising money for Benson's funeral and other expenses. So far, the family has reached $900 of their $5,000 goal.