Police: 6-year-old Accidentally Shoots Self in Banning

A Banning man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm, among other felony allegations, police reported Thursday.

George Hernandez.  Photo courtesy: Banning Police Department
George Hernandez. Photo courtesy: Banning Police Department
Update July 3 11:10 am:

Banning-Beaumont Patch has learned that the litte boy who accidentally shot himself in Banning with a gun he found has been released from the hospital.

The boy was treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries, and has since been released, according to Banning Police Lieutenant Phil Holder.

The man whose gun it's believed the boy used-- a family member-- remained jailed at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility and has an arraignment scheduled for Monday at the Banning court, according to jail records.

Original story posted July 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm:

A Banning felon was locked up in the local jail Thursday night after it's believed a six-year-old boy found his gun and accidentally shot himself, police reported.

The shooting happened Wednesday just after 5 p.m. at a home on North Hargrave Street, north of Wilson Street, according to Police Chief Leonard Purvis.

Police were called out to a report of a six-year-old shot in his right thigh and foot, according to a release from Purvis issued Thursday night.

"Officers arrived on scene, administered first aid to the victim, and established a perimeter," the release said.  "A search of the residence and an out building was performed."

A man identified as 34-year-old George Hernandez of Banning was found hiding in the out building— along with "a semi-automatic, 380 caliber handgun," Purvis said. 

Hernandez was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal firearm storage, child endangerment and for violating a community supervised release, according to Purvis.  Jail records indicated he was being held without the possibility of bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

It was not immediately clear what relation, if any, Hernandez has to the boy.  As for the boy's condition, an updated report was not available as of the posting of this article. 

News watcher July 05, 2013 at 02:15 PM
As usual the chief puts out the info he feels is correct. And as usual it's wrong
RV July 05, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Lol and let me guess ...you hate the police lol and know the "correct" info?? Lol
News watcher July 05, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Nope most of the street officers are awesome the chief however is another story
beaumontdave July 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
The correct information comes when those who care about the "felon" explain that he's a great guy with problems, maybe drugs, maybe just organizational like safely tucking that loaded weapon under a pillow or in a sock drawer. Either way we know that somebody failed that little child in a big way and all the words in the world won't change that. And for those who want me to know "You're not perfect either", I completely agree, but I do have a bolted down gun safe and no child in my house will ever, ever be hurt by any gun I own.
RV July 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Lol ... Ok :)
RV July 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Yes I always like seeing or hearing the "correct " information from the friends and family members ....lol it's ALWAYS accurate lol and they (the felons) have ALWAYS been misidentified one "falsely" accused. Lol it's ALWAYS someone else's fault...lol but we can thank god that in this case that small innocent life was saved and is ok.
bryce July 05, 2013 at 08:43 PM
LOL @ Beaumontdave & RV ...totally hysterical, totally TRUE. What a loser, & what a moron this mr. Hernandez is!
ATC July 06, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Yeah, he's only a felon because he was wrongly convicted last time, it wasn't his gun (did anyone actually SEE him with it?), and he was just sleeping in the outbuilding, not hiding, when the cops showed up and woke him up for absolutely no reason. The cops are outta control, I tell ya. He's really a great guy, non violent, just a little down his luck, and just the type everyone wants living next door.
Lena Bean July 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Damn Smiley Smh,


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