MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) —The 4-year-old boy who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside a marijuana dispensary Tuesday had played with guns before, according to court documents obtained by KRDO.
We first reported when the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to Maggie’s Farm in Manitou Springs on Tuesday for the reported shooting. Hours later, the boy’s parents were arrested.
Carlos Perez told police that his 4-year-old son was interested in guns. Court documents show that there were two occasions in the past when the boy was holding a gun and one of his parents took it away from him once they noticed he had it. As he kept trying to play with the gun, Carlos told police that he let his son hold the unloaded firearm on Monday for a short time before taking it back and telling his son not to play with it.
On Tuesday, Carlos drove his wife and two young sons to the Maggie’s Farm marijuana dispensary in Manitou Springs. He told police he loaded his firearm with ammunition and then put it in the front seat’s open dashboard cubby before walking in to buy marijuana. Guns are not allowed inside the dispensary.