ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany Police are still searching for the gun that went missing after a 9-year-old child accidentally shot himself in the hand with the weapon he discovered in his backyard.
Police are still not sure what kind of gun it is, or where it came from, and now community activist Pastor Charlie Muller is setting in to help the search for the weapon and also help clean up the streets.
Muller demonstrated to NEWS10 how easy it is to pull a trigger on a small handgun similar to the one 9-year-old Anthony Chaney Jr. used to accidentally shoot himself.
"This young man could have shot himself in the head," Muller said. "Thank God it was the hand."
Police say the boy found the gun in a potted plant in the backyard of his Orange Street home, pulled the trigger, and injured his hand.
Chaney was not on scene by the time officers arrived to the incident on Saturday evening. Police say he had already been transferred to the hospital in a private vehicle and believe someone may have taken, or hid, the gun before they arrived. Police are unable to say whether the gun was being used as a community gun.
Muller now fears the gun is in the wrong hands and could be used for another crime. He says he's already taken dozens of guns off the streets with his gun buy-back program, which he believes potentially saved dozens of lives and prevented crime.
"If there is a gun in the inner city, the chances that gun will be used for a crime goes way up," he said. "Community guns are usually stashed in a house a place where certain people in the group can get access to it."
Muller is offering a reward for anyone who returns the particular gun in this incident. Any tips can be called in to Albany Police at (518)462-8039.