Accounts given on origin of gun in 5-year-old’s fatal shooting

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LAPLACE — The fatal shot fired Saturday morning that killed 5-year-old Haley Moore was discharged while the girl’s father was in the shower, according to the incident report filed by reporting officer Terence Calais of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Calais, who was the first person to respond to the house Saturday on Country Club Lane, encountered a delicate scene where Haley was laying on her left side in the kitchen in a pool of blood. Deputies began CPR and located possible entry/exit wounds on Haley’s chest and back, the report read.

Calais said he located a black Springfield XP .45 caliber handgun with the magazine removed and one spent casing.

Calais said Haley’s father, Eric Moore, told authorities his three children, including Haley, were dropped off at his home Saturday at approximately 9 a.m. by their grandmother for his scheduled visitation, which takes place every other weekend.

While he was in the shower at approximately 9:40 a.m., he heard a “loud pop,” the report read, leading Eric Moore to rush out of the bathroom and find Haley. After contacting 911, Eric Moore told Calais he cleared the firearm, removing a round from the chamber and placed it on a desk.

Eric Moore later told deputies he and a friend were at his home until 9 p.m. Friday, the day before the shooting, and the friend said he wanted to use the firearm at the shooting range the next day. Eric Moore stated, according to the report, that he told his friend to place the weapon inside the security turn dial combination safe inside the garage. Eric Moore indicated he last saw the weapon in his friend’s possession before leaving the home at approximately 11 p.m. Friday, believing the gun was inside the safe.

At approximately 11 a.m. Saturday, the friend, who Eric Moore said was at his home the day before, flagged down deputies, later stating he was at Eric’s home Thursday and Friday.

The friend told Deputy Calais he and Eric Moore were cleaning the house Friday and found a .45 caliber firearm wedged between the top of the living room sofa and the wall. The friend, according to Calais’ report, left the firearm on top of the safe and helped Eric Moore look for a holster. When the holster was not found, the friend went back to the safe, removed the .40 caliber magazine and placed the magazine in a truck that was parked outside. The friend also told Calais he left the firearm on top of the safe and continued to help Eric Moore clean the house until leaving at 9 p.m. Friday.