"CLEVELAND — As Joan Hicks watched television in her basement Friday morning, the two grandsons left in her care when her daughter went to prison found a gun and decided to play a game they called "Gangster."
The pop of the .25-caliber handgun sent Hicks racing upstairs at 9:10 a.m. where she found the 8-year-old boy bleeding from a gunshot wound to his side. His 11-year-old brother had shot him, police said.
The boys found the gun in Hicks' car but family members said it was not hers. It belonged to the boys' aunt, they said, and it was unclear why it was in the car or how the boys found it.
Officers arrested the older boy for felonious assault. He was held at the Juvenile Detention Center. Hicks faces a charge of failing to secure a deadly weapon, police said. Cops seized two other .45-caliber handguns from the home.
The victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The bullet entered and exited the boy's body, and the wound wasn't considered life-threatening, police said.
Hicks wanted to take the youngster to the hospital herself as minutes passed before an ambulance arrived, according to a recording of the 9-1-1 call. An EMS dispatcher warned her not to move the boy.
Hicks became irate during the call, screaming at the 11-year-old boy when the dispatcher asked what type of gun was used.
"Where is the gun?" Hicks screamed. "Where is the gun? You got it. I told you. I done begged you..."
Hicks said the boy stole the gun from her car.
"Oh Jesus," Hicks screamed during the call. "Why would you do some stupid stuff like this? I never would have knew. You took that gun out of my car. Oh Lord, have mercy on my soul. On my grandson. Oh Lord."
She then cried and screamed: "I try so hard. I do everything I can."
Hicks took custody of the boys after their mother, Kimmie Hicks, was sentenced to four years in prison last month for beating the boys with an ax handle in a grocery-store parking lot."............KEEP READING