This one is haunting.
The inseparable twin boys were all set to start school today. They even had their clothes laid out.
But on the eve of the start of school, while playing with what they thought was a toy gun Monday night, one of the 5-year-old twins was accidentally shot in the abdomen and killed, police and relatives said.
Sources said one of the twins may have accidentally shot his brother, although the shooting was still being probed.
Killed was Jonathan Jackson of the 700 block of South California in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said. He also suffered a graze wound to his hand, suggesting he didn’t pulled the trigger, a source said.
Jonathan and his twin brother had just taken a bath and were playing in their pajamas in their bedroom when the tragic accident happened, said their great uncle, Bruce Prince. The boys’ great-grandmother was in the kitchen, their grandmother was in bed and their mother was on the stoop.
“Everybody heard the gunshot,” Prince said. Then “there was chaos.”
The surviving brother “walked out of the bedroom and then John crawled out. He was in a lot of pain. They thought it was a toy gun.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and especially with the young one lost, and the young one left behind.