YPSILANTI, Mich. (WJBK) - The mom of a three-year-old boy - who was shot and killed by another child who was playing with a gun - is opening up in hopes that what happened to her never happens to anyone else.
The young boy was fatally shot in the neck in an Ypsilanti apartment on Sunday. A 10-year-old friend got his hands on his father's gun and was playing with it when he shot Jamari Moore.
Jamari's mom said she's not blaming either kid and isn't angry.
"It's a hole. It's a big hole," Alisha Moore said. "I'm not blaming that child. I'm not angry either one. I just never want this to happen to anyone else."
Moore lives at Country Meadows Apartments and says there were several children in the home. When she went in to the living room, she heard a pop.
"I went to go check on them and that's when Jamari ran to me, and I noticed blood," Moore said. "I did as most parents do - (I) went into panic mode and I tried to save my baby the best way I could."
He didn't make it out of the building - he died in the hallway of the apartment building.
Moore is still trying to figure out how the 10-year-old got the gun in the first place.
"The gun that is in the house I am aware of it. It is usually on the top shelf, locked, in the holster," Moore said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Derek Jackson couldn't exactly say where the 10-year-old found the gun in the apartment, but says the owner did not have it locked up.
"Right now investigators are pulling together all of the remaining facts, putting the report together, And sometime early next week we will be turning that case over to the prosecutors office," Jackson said.
Moore is urging all gun owners to put the weapons in a safe and not tell kids the code or give them a key. She said kids shouldn't even know a gun is in the house.
Family and friends will hold a vigil Thursday night at Country Meadows. Moore's viewing will be on Monday, and his funeral follow on Tuesday. Alisha Moore says she is grateful from the community support she has received.