Columbia Police Chief W. H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces the arrest of a 22-year-old mother in connection with the accidental shooting of her 3-year-old son.
Destiny Andrina Wise (DOB: 3-15-1997) turned herself in to Special Victims Unit investigators this morning and is housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC) charged with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child; (SC Code of Law 63-5-70).
The charge stems from Wise placing her son at an unreasonable risk of harm affecting the child’s life or safety on March 3, 2020 at the Colony Apartments on Bailey Street.
Wise is accused of leaving her son unattended in a bedroom of the home within reach of a loaded pistol. The 3-year-old gained access to the loaded firearm in a bedroom of the apartment causing the gun to discharge one time.
The young victim in the case continues to show signs of improvement at a local hospital. CPD’s victim advocates have been communicating regularly with medical staff regarding the child’s condition.
Chief Holbrook would like to remind citizens about safe firearm storage.
- Firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case. The storage location should be inaccessible to children.
- Use a gun locking device to render firearms inoperable. ** CPD offers free gun locks at Headquarters and every regional office. Gun locks are also passed out at community meetings. **
- Ammunition should be stored in a locked location separate from firearms.