Flint Police offering free gun locks

Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger

FLINT, Mich. -- Flint Police holding a press conference less than a week after a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed. Veondra Bartee is facing first degree murder charges for shooting at a car. One of those shots struck a toddler named Landon who was riding in the back seat.

Police say a tip from a witness and good police work are what lead to a quick arrest. Within hours the suspects home was under surveillance and he was taken into custody without altercation.

This is the second shooting of a toddler in the last month. Another 3-year-old boy was shot on Flint's Northwest side back in September. That shooting was ruled accidental.

The Flint Police also announcing they are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to provide gun locks free of charge.

"As a father I want to protect my kids," says AFT Agent Al Jakubowski. "As a gun owners it’s my responsibility to go home and lock my fire arms up and secure them safely. It takes just a few minutes and I don’t want my son or daughter or any of yours to become a statistic."

The gun locks will be available at police substation.

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