A disturbing video of a young child wielding a loaded gun at an Indiana apartment complex has sparked widespread concern online. Video footage from a neighbor’s doorbell camera captured a toddler in diapers recklessly brandishing a semi-automatic pistol as he played in the apartment’s hallway.
The disturbing nature of the video showing a child carelessly treating a loaded gun as if it were a toy has sparked concern on Twitter, with many commenting on the inexplicable state of the world that has normalized gun violence. Professor and popular columnist Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, who wrote for the New York Times, was one of many Twitter users who expressed her disbelief over the alarming content of the footage filmed on Saturday, January 14. She said:
“Who could believe that we live in a society where this is real?”
In the clip, the boy is seen crouching near the stairwell, waving a gun that reportedly had no bullets in the chamber but had a loaded magazine. Moments later, the boy is seen pacing down the hallway as he recklessly points the gun at his face several times before returning to his apartment.
Shortly thereafter, the neighbor who captured the video allegedly called the Beech Grove Police Department, who arrested the four-year-old’s father, Shane Osborne, for endangering the life of his son.
Twitter reacts to a boy playing with a loaded gun
Shane Osborne, 45, was arrested after doorbell camera video footage captured Osborne’s 4-year-old son wearing a diaper and waving a loaded gun in the hallway of the apartment building. he. The incident has now raised concern online as many are horrified after seeing a child handle a loaded gun with ease.
One Twitter user commented:
“We have descended into madness.”
while another said
Beech Grove Deputy Police Chief Robert Mercuri was one of many who struggled to understand what he saw. In a statement to WTHR Indianapolis, the police chief said:
“I saw it the next day and even though I knew the result, as I was watching the video, I was still scared. You find yourself holding your breath. I don’t know how you can’t watch that video, father.” or not be a parent and not be surprised and upset.
More information about the arrest of the father who endangered the life of his little boy
Police reportedly arrested the boy’s father after conducting a search of the apartment. Osbourne allegedly denied possession of a weapon when police showed up at the apartment after they responded to a call from a neighbor whose camera captured the incident. Police then searched the residence and found a 9mm pistol at the scene that had 15 rounds in the pistol’s magazine, but no rounds in the chamber.
The incident comes in the wake of the recent shooting of Abby Zwerner, a first-grade teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, who was shot by a 6-year-old student inside a classroom.