A St. Paul father is charged with child endangerment after leaving a loaded gun in the presence of his three-year-old son, who fired it into a neighbor's house.
Washington Yaj Yig Vue, 32, was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of child endangerment for the January 17 incident in the 1800 block of Conway Street. No one was hurt in the accidental shooting.
According to the complaint: Vue told police that he was cleaning his Glock 20 handgun that evening. He left the loaded gun on his bed and went to the basement to retrieve cleaning supplies.
"While in the basement, Vue heard gunfire," the complaint said. "Vue ran back to his bedroom and found his 3-year-old son had picked up the gun and fired it into the wall. Once Vue calmed down and made sure his family was okay he went over to check on his neighbors."
Police became aware of the incident when Vue's neighbors contacted them on Jan. 18. A neighbor who lives across the street from Vue told police that there was a bullet hole in his siding. The neighbor told police that his father had heard a gunshot about 6 p.m. the previous night.
Police contacted Vue and collected his handgun.
Vue was charged via summons, and is not in custody. Vue has no history of child protection cases in Minnesota, according to Ramsey County juvenile court records.
Vue could not be reached for comment.