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18-year-old arrested after gun goes off in Costco parking lot, hits 1-year-old child

6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago Tuesday, July 12 2022 Jul 12, 2022 July 12, 2022 11:30 AM July 12, 2022 in News
Source: WWLTV

NEW ORLEANS - A 2-year-old baby was shot near the fuel pumps outside a Costco in New Orleans Tuesday afternoon. 

WWLTV reports the baby was rushed to a local hospital after being shot in the leg. Zyaire Cornelius, 18, was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center late Tuesday night on charges on second-degree cruelty to juveniles and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

Cornelius picked up the child from a nearby nursery shortly before the shooting. He was talking to the child, who was in his back seat, when the child found the gun stored in the back seat and shot themself. 

Cornelius reportedly said he forgot the gun was back there.

Officials say the child is critical, but stable.

Cornelius' bond was set at $70,000. 

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