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4-year-old critical after accidental shooting in South Wichita

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Published: Aug. 16, 2020 at 6:48 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A four-year-old boy remains in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself over the weekend.

Officers were called to the shooting in the 2200 block of South Glendale, near Pawnee and Oliver, around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Police said the boy climbed on top of some items to get to the gun which was on a shelf. The child then shot himself in the head.

“Kids are curious in nature. They don’t understand the dangers that firearms pose to their own safety or the safety of themselves. And, unfortunately, in our community and across the nation, there are a lot of firearm accidents, injuries or deaths that result in that curiosity,” said Capt. Jason Stephens, with the Wichita Police Department.

He said that’s why it is so important for firearms to be locked away safely.

“Especially when you have children in your home. Lock your firearms up in a lock safe or a gun safe or use other locking mechanisms that are on the market to prevent a firearm from being fired, like trigger locks and things of that nature and store them in a place where children cannot reach them or gain access to them,” said Capt. Stephens.

Police said the gun belonged to the boy’s father. 

Officers will continue to investigate. Once that is done, they will present the case to the district attorney’s office which would determine if any charges will be filed.

The Wichita Police Department is investigating a Saturday evening shooting involving a 4-year-old boy.

Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz said the shooting is being investigated as a possible home accident. It is unknown at this time, who was holding the gun.

It happened in the 2200 block of South Glendale, by Pawnee and Oliver, around 10:45 p.m.

Officers on scene said the boy was taken to the hospital.

“It’s not as rare as we would like it to be, obviously, but juvenile cases are always much more difficult for investigators,” said Sgt. Heather Huhman.

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