DETROIT – Police said an 18-month-old found a gun and shot and killed a 5-year-old in Detroit.
“It’s a sad day in the city today. We lost another child in the city due to a lack of firearm safety. This was completely avoidable,” Detroit police Commander Tiffany Stewart said.
Police were called to a home in Detroit at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday regarding an incident where a child shot another child. It happened in the 2400 block of Sturtevant Street.
Officers arrived on the scene and found a 5-year-old who had been shot. Medical attention was provided on the scene but the victim did not survive.
Police said they believe the 18-month-old got ahold of an unsecured weapon and accidentally shot the 5-year-old. The father of the children has been detained for additional questioning, police said.
Police said only one shot was fired and the gun has been recovered.
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