ROCK HILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Parents bringing their children to the playground tell FOX 46 Charlotte they never imagined a loaded gun would be within their children's reach.
"I think it's very frightening for all the kids and parents, grandparents just everybody in the park area it's very scary," said one parent.
"They shouldn't have brought it with them first off. Why would you need a gun at a park? No, it's not the place for that,” said another.
Despite a sign posted at the entrance forbidding guns and weapons, Rock Hill police say a man called Cherry Park around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, reporting he left his loaded gun in the park near the playground. An employee immediately went to the park, found the gun and called 911.
"Well it's good that whoever did it that they came back and got that out of, removed it out of the situation. There should be some type of protocol that the city has to prevent that from ever happening in the future," another parents said.
Parents say his actions were dangerous.
"A park is for safety like a place where kids can come and play and feel safe and the fact that they forgot the gun. What if a child would've picked that up?"
"A child could've gotten it and just pulled the trigger thinking it's a play toy and could've shot another child."
Police recovered the gun and say the 9 millimeter came back clean. The owner didn't answer when they called so the gun was placed into evidence. We're told no charges will be filed.
"I feel like charges should have been pressed. Regardless if anybody was hurt or not it was dangerous."
Police tell me the case is closed but a citation could be issued. So far there is no word as to if or when that could happen