A SAUDI man was reportedly arrested after a shocking video appeared to show him firing a gun before placing the pistol inside a baby’s mouth.
In the footage, an infant is seen crying as the alleged shooter – said to be the baby’s brother – appears to shoot into the air “in celebration”.
Another man can be heard urging the alleged shooter to make the baby smell the gunpowder, reports Gulf News.
The man seen holding the gun then appears to place the tip of the gun inside the tot’s mouth.
The suspected shooter was found to be the baby’s brother, Saudi online newspaper Sabq reported, citing the Riyadh police’s spokesman Lt. Col. Chaker Sulaiman.
He told the publication: “He [the suspect] is in his twenties. He was arrested and the gun used in the incident was seized. Legal procedures have been taken against him.”
Saudi authorities appealed for information to trace the suspect after the video went viral, according to Gulf News.
The kingdom’s chief of prosecution called for the suspect to be arrested.
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He faces charges of putting a child at risk and violating the country’s gun system, Saudi media said.
Celebratory gunfire – also called aerial firing or happy fire – has been outlawed in Saudi Arabia, however, it is a common practice amongst nationals.
The act can result in random death and injury from stray bullets.
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