Note: Grandpa is an illegal, against AZ law for person here
illegally to possess. Yes, this is the usual standard of writing for
azrep. very obvious that system is broken
Phoenix shooting: Girl, 2, shot in face, grandfather arrested
by Ben Backhaus and Karen Schmidt - May. 11, 2011 06:57 AM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
The grandfather of a 2-year-old, who was shot in the face in Phoenix
on Tuesday, was taken into custody in connection with a weapons
Gerardo Garcia-Segura, 38, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of
child abuse and two counts of possessing a weapon when prohibited.
The girl and her 20-year-old mother had been visiting relatives at
the apartment near 40th Street and Loop 202 in Phoenix, according to
Phoenix police. The mother was the only adult at the apartment at the
The girl was with two other children, boys ages 6 and 8 in a room. A
gun fired. The mother found the 2-year-old girl struck in the face,
according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
Fire and police officials said the 8-year-old fired a .22-caliber
handgun, striking the girl in the nasal area. He and his 6-year-old
brother hid the weapon, which was later found by police, said Sgt.
Trent Crump, a police spokesman.
Crump added that investigators believe the shooting was an accident.
The girl was taken to a nearby hospital and was alert and able to
walk. She is expected to survive, Crump said.
The grandfather of the 2-year-old was taken into police custody in
connection with a weapons violation and contributing to the girl's
injuries by allegedly allowing access to the weapon, Crump said.
Police did not release the grandfather's name.
Officials are continuing to investigate the incident.
Note: Truth comes out later.
KFYI Phoenix Local News
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Accused Illegal Immigrant Charged In Child's Shooting
Police: Grandfather out on bond, should not have gun.
Court paperwork shows 38 year-old Gerardo Garcia-Segura was detained
in Januray for illegal entry. He was released after posting bond and
has a scheduled August hearing. Now, Garcia-Segura sits in a Maricopa
County jail facing charges of child abuse and illegal weapon possession.
Police say an 8-year -old boy found Garcia-Segura's gun at home and
began playing with it. The gun discharged once hitting the 2-year old
girl in the face. The bullet entred her cheek, passed through her jaw
and lodged in her neck.
"We're very fortunate in this case," Sgt. Trent Crump says. "To have
it sound like it not be lodged into or hit any vital organs is great
He says it appears the 8-year old thought the gun was unloaded and
never intended to hurt his 2-year old sister.