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Detroit police investigate accidental shooting death of 9-year-old on city’s west side

Police say 2 other children were inside the house

DETROIT – Detroit Police said a 9-year-old girl was shot and killed Friday inside a home in the 15800 block of Kentucky Street.

“They did observe the victim upstairs in an upper living room with a gunshot wound. At the time, there were two other children in the home, 10 and under. There were no adults that were at the location; however, when officers were investigating, two males did arrive at the location,” said Detroit police Capt. LaShanna Potts.

Potts said the two other kids inside the home are ages 10 and 5.

ORIGINAL: 9-year-old shot, killed on Detroit’s west side

Potts said they are investigating whether the child shot herself or was shot by someone else.

“We’re calling it an accidental shooting. Right now, we have a mother who’s devastated and we got siblings. For them, this is going to be the worst day of their lives," she said.

The incident is the second shooting reported of a young child in Detroit within a week. Seven-year-old Reginae Williams was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting.

“We don’t never want to see this. We don’t like gun violence period in the city of Detroit, but when you have babies that are dying at the rate that they’re dying here. It affects us all," Potts said.

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