Lawndale boy, 5, fatally shot playing with twin

Photo: Jonathan Jackson, 5
August 10, 2010 4:44:07 PM PDT
Officials want to know how 5-year-old twins got their hands on a loaded gun in the Lawndale neighborhood.Jonathan Jackson, 5, was fatally shot while playing with a gun with his twin brother. Both boys were to start kindergarten this year.

The Department of Children and Family Services is now investigating what police are calling a terrible accident. Officials want to determine how the children got the gun, who owns it and who was watching the twins at the time of the shooting.

"He wanted to go to school he wanted to ride his bike. It's just a sad situation right now," said Bruce Prince. "We're grieving time. We gonna miss his dearly."

Police were called to the home in the 700 block of South California around 10:30 p.m. Monday when Jonathan was shot in the torso. He died at the hospital half an hour later.

Family members say the gun belongs to a 17-year-old relative who stayed at the home.

While DCFS looks into a claim of neglect, Jonathan is staying with other relatives. His family is worried about the surviving twin.

"If you see him you see his brother. They were inseparable," said Prince.

The boys were supposed to start kindergarten at King Elementary Monday, but missed the first day. They attended preschool at King, where a teacher says Jonathan was an energetic, fun child. School administrators are encouraging the family to get Jonathan's brother back to school as soon as possible.


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