Two young London boys are being applauded for making the right decision after discovering a loaded gun inside a bag in an east end backyard.
Carl Showers says his 8-year-old son Zach and their neighbour, 7-year-old Dylan Turner, were playing in the backyard near the area of Clarke and Gore Road on Christmas Eve when the boys found a plastic grocery bag with a loaded gun inside of it.
“I’ve dealt with guns lots before. I have a gun licence. I’ve always taught Zach about them whether it be his Nerf gun or whatever, just proper ways to handle them,” Showers tells Am980.
“He didn’t actually touch the gun but he carried the bag because he knew it was real and knew he shouldn’t touch it without an adult so he brought it to me. I looked at it, could tell it was loaded, and called the police.”
The police investigation determined that the .44 calibre Ruger handgun had been stolen from North Bay back in 1999.
While it’s not known how the gun ended up in the backyard, Showers is just relieved the boys did the right thing.
“That could have been so bad… [I] instantly started trembling at the thoughts of you know, if they would have – like I was as a kid and played with it, wouldn’t have told mom and dad.”