Pawnshop employee charged after 3-year-old fires revolver

Associated PressSeptember 7, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks pawnshop employee is facing a reckless endangerment charge after an April incident in which a gun was fired into the store ceiling by a 3-year-old boy.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Johnson failed to pay attention while her 1-year-old son took hold of her revolver and passed it to the other child at AK Fast Cash.

A criminal complaint says video surveillance and a witness account show Johnson's son picked up Johnson's Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver from a shelf while Johnson used her cellphone. It says the 1-year-old then passed the gun to a customer's 3-year-old son, who fired one shot into the ceiling.

No one was hurt in the incident. Charges were delayed pending an investigation into who actually owned the gun.

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