Mother Speaks Out After Her 5-Year-Old Boy Was Accidentally Shot, Killed In NE OKC

Friday, April 9th 2021, 5:09 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce

The family of a 5-year-old who was accidentally shot on Thursday said they did not know a gun was in the home.

Oklahoma City police identified the victim as Travion Cole.

Police officials said Cole and his brother were playing with the gun when it went off. Their older sister Tatyna Dorsey, 19, was in another room when she heard the gunshot.

“It’s on replay in my head,” Dorsey said. “It was terrifying.”

Travion’s family said they have not been back to the home near NE 29th and Martin Luther King Avenue where the tragic accident happened.

Police were called after the boy's older sister found him in a bedroom.

“I honestly don’t know what to say,” said Dorsey. “It all happened so fast. I had just left the room.”

Dorsey said her two younger brothers found a gun no one knew was hidden on a bookcase.

“It appears another child approximately the same age and the victim found the gun inside the residence, and did what we’ve seen play out tragically over the years, play with a gun and one accidentally shot the other,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.

A picture of the 5-year-old taken on Monday was the last time his mother saw him. Tracel Cole said she was released from the Oklahoma County Detention Center late Thursday night.

“I didn’t find out my baby was dead until I got out of county jail,” Tracel Cole said.

Tracel Cole said she found out her child was shot after she called a friend, but said police never notified her of his death.

“It shouldn’t matter if they’re incarcerated or not,” said Tracel Cole. “They should have called up there to the jail and told me something and I didn’t know nothing. I don’t wish this upon anybody.”

Now, she only has memories of her youngest boy and the joy he brought his family.

“He was full of life,” said Tracel Cole. “Everybody he met; he brought a smile to.”

The victim's brother was not injured in the shooting.

Police urged parents and adults to take extra safety precautions if guns are in their homes.

A GoFundMe that has been set up to help the family.