6 year old toddler succumbed to injuries sustained in a shooting last Thursday

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015. BMG: A 6 year old toddler from Valley Community in Dangriga has succumbed to injuries sustained in a shooting that occurred last week Thursday. Authorities have confirmed that Travis Polanco was shot by another toddler with a 16 gauge shot gun. Shooting-Death-0001-300x225

Their investigations have revealed that the boys were playing in the yard when Travis began throwing rocks at the 11 year old on the way home from school. It is reported that the 11 year old then went inside his house for his father’s licensed 16 gauge Harrington and Richardson brand shotgun.

It is alleged that the child aimed it at the six year old student and fired the one fatal shot, which caught Travis, who was standing about fifty feet away, near a palm tree. It then took 5 hours for Travis to get to the K.H.M.H after one ambulance failed and the other had no gas to make the trip. The 11 year old has since been removed from his parent’s home in the valley and is in the custody of the Human Services Department.

By law, the minor cannot be charged for a crime but the parents of Travis Polanco maintain that the shooter’s parents should be held responsible and his father should be put in jail for being careless with a loaded firearm. Gurly Bahadur, the victim’s mother, said that she is not a big politician and knows she won’t get justice for her son, so her only wish is that the family of the shooter pays all expenses for Travis’ time in the hospital and his burial.

The deceased’s parents say that if the 11 year olds father did not teach him how to shoot the gun, this incident wouldn’t have happened so they want him (the father) to serve time in jail. The family also alleges that the police have kept them uninformed about the investigation and they believe no justice will be done. The family decided to take Travis off the life support since doctors had certified him to be brain dead.


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