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Children find handgun in snow, immediately run to tell mom
By: Maria Miller
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- What would your kids do if, while they were outside playing, they came across a gun? That's what happened over the weekend in the Oakhurst Homes, in Johnstown. Police said three children found a fully loaded handgun.
"My kids run inside and are like, 'Mom there's a gun outside. A real one'," said the children's mother.
Scared for her family and still unsure of their surroundings, she didn't want to share her identity, but she did want to share her story. She said her children were outside playing in the snow Saturday when they found the gun.
"I'm like OK, it's just probably a toy gun," said the woman. "But my 3-year-old says, 'Its real mom, like Pop-Pop's gun.' So I jump up, I run outside and right out there in the grass, it's a gun."
The woman said she immediately called Johnstown police and stood nearby until officers arrived and found the 9 mm handgun was fully loaded.
It would be a scary situation for any parent, but this mom said it only adds to a growing list of reasons why she's ready to move away.
Their apartment is just down the hill from where a deadly shooting took place in January.
"I am terrified. I'm really scared," the woman said. "I just moved here when that happened, maybe two months before, and now this happened. I haven't had a good experience."
Fortunately the woman said both her father and brother are police officers, and she credits them for teaching her children what to do.
"They see their guns on their hips and they have conversations all the time," she said. "Like my dad is always saying, 'Don't touch it; it's bad; it hurts people. Pop-Pop carries it for protection.'"
"It's pretty much textbook and that's what we want: the adults to make sure the gun is secure until officers arrive on scene and secure the gun properly," said Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust. "They did an excellent job."
Foust said his department has not been able to trace the gun back to anyone just yet because the serial number was scratched off. He said officers will continue to investigate.
In the meantime, the children's mother has some advice for all parents.
"Always talk to your children because apparently talking to them works,"she said.