San Angelo Police released an update Monday on the seven-year old who suffered an accidental gunshot wound and a five-year old who was struck by a vehicle Friday at the Vistas at Red Creek Apartment Complex, 5751 Green Hill Road.
After being dispatched initially for a major motor vehicle incident, police en route were notified that the call had been upgraded to a shooting.
According to the release, when officer arrived on the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, they found both of the children, one shot and one who had been struck by the vehicle. During a field investigation, officers determined that the incidents first thought to be separate, were connected.
Investigators discovered that the seven-year old allegedly shot himself in the leg while playing with a handgun inside an apartment at the complex. Police say the boy gained access of the handgun from his 26-year old father, Andrew Crittenden, who told officers he believed the gun was empty prior to handing it to his child.
Police also learned that Crittenden struck the five-year old with his pickup truck, a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, in the parking lot while attempting to transport his child to the hospital for treatment. Traffic investigators determined later that the five-year old ran into the side of Crittenden’s pickup while Crittenden was exiting the parking lot at the complex.
Crittendon’s son was transported by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. He was later released.
The five-year old was transported to Community Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Detectives from the SAPD’s criminal investigations division, crime scene investigations section and Child Protective Services assisted with the incident.
According to the release, Crittenden was later charged with endangering a child-criminal negligence. He was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. The charge is a second degree state jail felony, punishable, if convicted by a 2-99 year incarceration sentence and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Jail records state he was released on a $7,500 surety bond.