Upon further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said Roderick Randall had left the firearm in the closet in what he thought was a safe holster. While Roderick was gone and his girlfriend was asleep, the 8-year-old son reportedly found the gun.
Escambia County Sheriff Chipp Simmons said in the press conference the son started playing with the gun and it went off, killing the 1-year-old. The bullet reportedly went through and struck a 2-year-old girl, who is expected to survive.
Randall returned to the hotel room and grabbed the gun, along with drugs, before fleeing the scene, Simmons said.
Randall was reportedly arrested on Sunday, June 26, and charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of culpable negligence by storing a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor which was used to inflict injuries to another person, destroying evidence, and failing to store or leave firearm in a required manner.
He was released from Escambia County Jail Sunday on $41,000 bond, WEAR reports.
According to Simmons, Randall has a criminal past and has been convicted 14 times. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 15.