A 4-year-old student was discovered with a loaded handgun at John F. Kennedy Elementary, according to the Corpus Christi Police Department.
On the 1100 block of Villarreal Drive, an off-duty Corpus Christi Police officer was working.
“Additional officers responded to the school to assist with the investigation. Investigators arrived at the residence of the student and were able to identify the owners of the handgun, which were identified as the parents of the child,” stated police in a social media post.
Police said 30-year-old Paul Torres was arrested and charged with making a firearm accessible to children and was additionally charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
“The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind all our citizens to ensure that firearms are safely stored. We recommend that all guns are unloaded, trigger locked, and in a locked gun safe, or pistol box with the ammunition locked away separately,” officials said.
Officials also stated that gun and ammunition keys should be kept out of reach of children and away from the weapons and ammo.
Parents should check on a regular basis to ensure that these items are properly stored and secure.