A Woodbridge, Va. grandmother is calling for tighter restrictions on handguns after the accidental shooting death of her four-year-old grandson.
Lylla Scales says she doesn't blame anyone for the accident that claimed the life of her grandson, Kyrell McNeill, but she does think that there are too many guns available.
"I hate guns. I realize that in certain jobs you have to have them or they're required of you, but there are too many," Scales says.
Prince William County Police say Kyrell found a loaded handgun inside a family pickup truck outside his home in Woodbridge Wednesday afternoon and accidentally shot and killed himself.
Scales says she hasn't been able to come to terms with the tragedy.
"I can't imagine what was going through his mind or what last thought he might have had," she says.
Scales' son is Kyrell's father, but the little boy lived with his mother, five brothers and his stepfather.
Scales says she was told Kyrell got into the locked pickup truck and got a hold of the gun by climbing through the sliding back window.
Scales says she last saw her grandson a little more than a week ago. She says he loved to come over and play, especially basketball. He was really excited about starting school in the fall.
She says she can't bring herself to accept the fact that he's gone, and the fact that he was taken away so suddenly and so tragically.
"I hate it. I hate to think that he left like that, so young," says Scales.
Funeral arrangements are still being made, but Scales says the family can really some help.
Donations can be sent to:
Kyrell K. McNeillc/o Ames Funeral Home8914 Quarry Rd.Manassas, VA 20110(703) 368-2814www.amesfh.com
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