Young dad dies after loaded gun in diaper bag goes off in Chuck E. Cheese parking lot; toddler child hospitalized

The father who was shot along with his toddler when a gun in a diaper bag went off has died.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the father and his daughter were in a parking lot of a Chuck E. Cheese in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, on Saturday when a gun in the diaper bag discharged, hitting the father in the chest and the girl in the leg.

WBRC reports that the father, identified as 22-year-old Timothy Roshun Smith Jr., has died of his injuries.

The little girl is expected to recover. The latest report did not offer specifics about her condition or any further details about the cause of the young father’s death. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Roshun Smith Jr.’s injuries were considered life-threatening when he was taken to UAB Hospital Trauma Center on Saturday.

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According to the report, an investigation determined that the gun went off accidentally while Roshun Smith Jr. was changing the baby’s diaper.

John Gerard was at the Chuck E. Cheese location on Saturday with his wife and toddler daughter, and spoke to WBRC about the tragedy.

“You don’t expect anyone would bring a gun around where kids would be. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gerrard said.

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