Pierce County prosecutors this morning filed second-degree manslaughter charges against a man and a woman in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with the man’s handgun on March 14 in Tacoma.
The boy, Julio Segura-McIntosh, shot himself while in a minivan at a gas station when the man was outside the vehicle and the boys’ mother was inside the convenience store. The man had a concealed weapons permit and had left the handgun in the minivan when he went to pump gas, police said.
Charged were the boy’s mother, Jahnisha McIntosh, 22, and her friend, Eric Vita, 23. They turned themselves in last night and will be arraigned this afternoon in Tacoma.
Vita told investigators that he left the handgun in the minivan because the last time he was at a gas station the clerk spotted the handgun in his waistband and summoned police, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.
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McIntosh’s friends and family told detectives that Vita routinely showed off the gun. On one occasion, Vita allegedly offered to let Julio hold the gun before another adult intervened, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The boy’s death was the third accidental shooting of child in three weeks in Western Washington.
On March 10, Jenna Carlile, the 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer, died after she was shot by her younger brother while they were alone in the family car in Stanwood. The father, Officer Derek Carlisle, had left a handgun in the vehicle and was standing outside with his wife when the shooting occurred, according to police.
On Feb. 22, 9-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman was critically wounded at an East Bremerton elementary school after a gun in a classmate’s backpack accidentally discharged. A 9-year-old boy told police he had taken the gun from the home of his mother and her boyfriend.