Grandmother speaks after grandson accidentally shoots, kills self

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The grandmother of an 8-year-old who accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday expressed her devastation over her grandson's death.

Deaundre Shannon was one of three children to accidentally shoot and kill themselves over the weekend.

"I'm going to miss him a whole lot," Rosetta Fitzgerald said. "It is very devastating to lose your child or grandchild like that over something negligent."

Fitzgerald heard the gunshot that killed her grandson.

"It scared me, because I hadn't heard anything like that before," she said.

Fitzgerald's son, Cordero Wilhite, is now charged with reckless homicide. She said her son was careless for not properly putting the gun away.

"He had it under his pillow, and the baby somehow got a hold to it. I don't know how," Fitzgerald said.

Despite all of that, Fitzgerald believes her son's charge is too harsh.

"No, it wasn't intentional, and I'm quite sure if he really thought about it, he would have moved it," she said.

Fitzgerald said her grandson was full of life. He attended Gardenview Elementary School.

After three accidental shootings over the weekend involving children, she asks that all parents be more careful.

"Everyone who has a gun should have them locked up," she said.

Wilhite has previously been arrested on both gun and drug charges. According to MPD, investigators found marijuana inside of the father's bedroom where the shooting happened.

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