4-year-old fires handgun in Fairbanks pawnshop

Associated PressMay 1, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Fairbanks police say a 4-year-old boy playing with a handgun at a pawnshop fired a round into the store's ceiling.

No one was injured, but police have forwarded a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge against a store employee to the district attorney's office.

Police took a call on the incident at 1:21 p.m. Sunday.

Sgt. Bruce Barnett tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the father of the boy was talking to an employee and saw his son playing with the 1-year-old son of 24-year-old Jaclyn Johnson, a store employee. The father of the 4-year-old says he heard a loud bang and saw his son with a silver revolver in his hands. Barnett says the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson Special was Johnson's personal weapon.

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An earlier version of this article put the police call at 1:21 a.m. instead of p.m.

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