Police: Stepdad tried to 'leave the scene' after accidentally shooting son with gun

5-year-old boy recovering after being shot

DECATUR, GA. - A police incident report reveals new details on the shooting of a 5-year-old boy in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County police said 5-year-old Zion Tappan was shot in the head with some type of gun at Lou Walker Park. Earlier reports suggested it was a BB gun. 

Police pinpointed 23-year-old Jhakwan Williams as the man behind the trigger. The police report states that Williams told authorities "he and other people were outside playing with a 'BB' gun and it just went off". Williams also stated that it was an accident. He’s in the DeKalb County Jail charged with aggravated assault.

“The little girl found the gun by the water fountain. She thought it was a water gun and was trying to put water in it and he (Williams) said that's not a water gun, that's a real gun,” one witness told 11Alive News. “So he get the gun, the mother and the little boy were sitting on the swing and he shot the little boy in the head.”

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According to the police report, Williams tried to leave the scene. They caught up with him and he blamed someone else for firing the shot until a witness told police she saw Williams shoot Tappan. 

Neighbors said even if the shooting was an accident, there’s still no excuse.

“A gun is a gun, he supposed to think, instead of just squeezing the trigger,” said Abdul Kanu while walking by the park.

As for other neighbors, who said the park is no stranger to crime, they do believe a gun there is unacceptable. 

“I still want to know where the BB gun come from,” said Mary Osborne. “We’ve seen bullet, shells, but never a gun.”

DeKalb Police said Zion is at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with non-life threatening injuries. A family friend told 11Alive that the boy told his mom he’s ready to go home.

As for the gun, police are on the lookout for the weapon, which Williams said he threw into heavily wooded area so other children couldn’t get to it.


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