DEATH BY NEGLIGENCE: He must have thought it was a toy, says police chief
KOTA BARU: A BOY, who only hours earlier had celebrated his seventh birthday, was killed while playing with a pistol owned by an uncle, a policeman who was back home on leave.
Muhammad Faris Faizal Noor Hissham was pronounced dead on arrival at a health clinic in Ketereh near here. The incident occurred at 9pm on Friday.
State police chief Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said Faris fired a shot from the gun, which hit his head and the same bullet then hit another uncle, Helmi Ghazali, 31, in the back.
"The policeman had hidden the pistol, a Walther, under a table and the boy found it. He must have thought that it was a toy gun and fired a shot," he said at the state-level Youth Day here yesterday.
"We are still checking which contingent the uncle is from. He is still in shock and cannot give us much information," he added.
Jalaluddin said Helmi, an administrative assistant at the Kolej Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail Petra, was admitted to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital here.
He said the case was being investigated under causing death by negligence.
Faris' mother, Fadhilah Rifa'in, 27, said the family lived in Pasir Mas and had come to Ketereh for her younger sister's wedding.
"I was outside arranging the tables and chairs after the wedding ceremony earlier when I suddenly heard a loud explosion.
"I rushed into the house and saw my son on the floor.
"There was a big commotion as another family member was also groaning in pain."
Faris, the elder of two siblings, was a Year One pupil at SK Pohon Tanjung, Pasir Mas.
His body was claimed by his family after the post-mortem and buried at the Ketereh cemetery yesterday evening.