Update: Injured child accidentally shot is home and on the road to recovery

Update

The child who was accidentally shot in his hand is home for Christmas and on the road to recovery, according to his mother.

“Bradley is happy, healthy and recovering fast. He is the strongest little boy I will ever know in my life and he is everything my heart is outside of my body,” his mother said. “Thank you friends, family, strangers, hospital staff and hand surgeons for their prayers and hard work. I am forever grateful. God has definitely been with us in our time.”

Update

The Loganville Police Department reported that a 29-year-old Loganville man was arrested Thursday after a child was shot in the hand and transported to Egelston Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Assistant Police Chief M.D. Lowry said, based on a subsequent investigation of the circumstances leading to this incident, Andrew John Warwick, 29, of Loganville was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

  • One count of reckless conduct
  • One count of cruelty to children in the 2nd degree and
  • One count of possession of marijuana, less than an ounce

As required by law, this incident was also reported to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

Lowry said contrary to statements being made publicly, the LPD took possession of Warwick’s weapon after he was transported by ambulance to a hospital following a traffic accident on Dec. 1st. After being released from the hospital, he made an appointment to stop by the LPD station to pick up his weapon. 
 
“Today he provided identification to retrieve his weapon, at which point a criminal history was run. There was no felony conviction that would have prevented him from legally possessing the gun and at no point did Mr. Warwick make any statement or display any action that led officials to believe he was suicidal or a threat to anyone. With no legal basis for withholding the weapon, it was returned to him as required by state law,” Lowry said. “Based on statements, Mr. Warwick returned home with the weapon, loaded it as it was returned to him unloaded, and left it in a place and condition which allowed a child to access and discharge it. He was criminally charged for those actions.”
Editor’s Note: Please note an arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

Initial report

Emergency personnel responded to the reports in Loganville of a gunshot injury to a child.

“Initial reports are that a child has reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the hand and was transported to Egleston. It is still very early in the investigation so no other information is available,” said Loganville public information officer Robbie Schwartz. He confirmed that the injury is not considered life-threatening.

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