NBC Chicago – Chicago police received a surprise this week when they reportedly found a three-year-old girl holding a handgun during a routine traffic stop in East Garfield Park.
Police pulled a car of six people over in the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue Wednesday night when they saw two children inside who were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw the 19-year-old driver, Queshawn King, making “furtive” downward movements to the three-year-old, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing police.
An officer then asked the man, who was described as “nervous,” to step out of the car. He heard King yell to the toddler by her nickname, “Fatty” multiple times.
A police sergeant approached the front passenger side of the car and saw the child holding the handgun. When he tried to retrieve it, she threw the 9 mm weapon to the floor.
It was loaded with eight rounds, but did not discharge, police said.
King was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon for having a loaded weapon inside the vehicle, misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child, and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.