State police charge father after 4-year-old fatally shoots self with handgun

March 28, 2012|By Peter Hermann

A tragic fatal shooting of a 4-year-old boy who police said accidentally shot himself and his mother earlier this month in their Eastern Shore house has led to criminal charges filed against the father.

The boy, Jamal A. Woolford Jr., accidentally shot himself with his father's handgun inside their Hebron home, police said, and the same bullet struck his mother, Shanice A. Kellam, 24. Jamal died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

On Monday, Maryland State Police said a Wicomico County grand jury indicted the boy's father, Jamal A. Woolford Sr., 29, with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, permitting firearm access by a minor, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and other drug counts.

Police said Woolford was arrested Tuesday in a truck at a fast food restaurant in Salisbury. The shootings occurred March 5. Investigators said they determined that the child got access to his father's handgun, which he kept in the bedroom. He shot himself by accident, police said, and the bullet hit his sleeping mother.

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