Father charged in accidental shooting of 3-year-old

Father charged in accidental shooting of 3-year-old
(Source: Family)
(Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The father of a 3-year-old boy who shot himself and later died was charged in the boy's death.

Cortez Wilkerson is charged with reckless homicide, felony drug possession, felony weapon possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kash Sharp, 3, was transported to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition where he later died. Police said Sharp shot himself in the head with his father's gun. Wilkerson called 911 for help.

The child's uncle, Antonio Fagain, said Wilkerson was in another room at the New Horizon Apartments and his gun was in its case. That's when Sharp somehow got his hands on the gun and accidentally shot himself.

"He had it in the case, like the gun case," Fagain said.

Fagain said the family is completely distraught and overcome with emotion. He said he hasn't stopped crying since it happened.

Fagain said Wilkerson is suffering greatly after this tragedy and is absolutely heartbroken.

"Devastated. He was rocking in the backseat just crying, crying, crying. He hasn't stopped crying," Fagain said. "Beautiful child that we're going to miss dearly."

Sharp is Wilkerson's only son.

"It might dawn on me later. I don't want to believe it right now," Fagain said.

Neighbors said this is an example of how careful people need to be when they have guns.

"Lock them up. Be responsible. They're not toys," neighbor James Gardner said.

"They [children] really don't know any better. We have to be parents among ourselves to keep these items from these kids," neighbor Daphne Hayes said.

Fagain said along with his younger brother [Wilkerson], Wilkerson's girlfriend was also taken into custody.

"From what I've been hearing, they're trying to make it like my brother killed his son, but he didn't kill his son," Fagain said. "It was an accident."

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