Father Shows Toddler How To Use AK-47
Manager Of Westbank Pawn Shop Takes Gun Away From Child
POSTED: 12:11 pm EDT April 5, 2007
UPDATED: 1:18 pm EDT April 5, 2007
GRETNA, La. -- Pawnshop manager Dan Reese said he never thought he'd see a diaper-clad 2-year-old holding an AK-47.
But that's exactly what happened inside BJ's Pawn Shop on the Westbank, Reese said.
The toddler's father gave him the gun and proceeded to show the child how to hold, load and operate it.
"He's telling the boy, 'This is how you hold it, like this. Anybody in front of you, you can mow them down. Kill everybody, soldier, because daddy's going to buy you this chopper,' repeating it over and over," Reese said.
The store's surveillance video also shows the father and son marching around the store, showcasing the weapon.
With an assault rifle slung over the toddler's shoulder, Reese said he drew the line, took away the weapon and shut the gun case.
According to Reese, the father got angry and wanted to fight, but he never got the man's name.
Reese also said he'll sell AK-47s only to police officers now.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he was concerned about the incident but said that the father didn't break any laws.