Are you a parent who keeps a gun in your home? If you answered “yes”, is it time to reconsider that decision?
14-year-old Lecent Ross died after being fatally shot with an illegal semi-automatic handgun on Thursday. She was at a home on Jamestown Crescent in the city’s west end with an adult and other children when the incident occurred.
She was taken to a trauma centre, but the shot to her upper body proved catastrophic.
It appears that this may have been an accident, but the death is still being treated as suspicious.
“People knew about this gun, it didn’t justshow up. It came from somewhere. Somebody knew about it, somebody could have called Crime Stoppers,” Det. Rich Petrie said.
Police are running some checks on the gun to determine if it’s been used in any crimes.
“It’s unbelievable — the number of guns in this city,” Petrie said.
Ross’ mother, Alicia Jasquith, said she was shocked and devastated.
“My daughter — how could this be? What did I do?” she said to reporters.
Residents say that Lecent was a bright girl who babysat children in the area and helped them with their studies.
Is it wise to keep a gun, legal or illegal, in your home where children are living, even if you keep the weapon locked up properly with ammunition stored in a separate place? At what age should children be exposed to guns?