Toddler shoots father in accidental shooting Wednesday

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 11:46 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita Police said a three-year-old shot their father in an accidental shooting Wednesday evening.

The shooting happened in Lamplighter Mobile Home Park in the 2300 block of South MacArthur. Police said the father was asleep but woke up when he was shot in the leg. The child had an injury on their hand.

Neighbor and family friend, Chuck Rivas, says he’s heard many sides to the story.

“I understand that he had it in his holster, and she reached up and grabbed it, and that’s how she got shot, and it went through his leg,” said Rivas.

Police want to remind residents to store guns unloaded and securely locked when not in use, and gun safety should be a top priority for anyone with a gun.

“Don’t just leave them out in the open. Another good thing, don’t keep it locked and loaded and also, don’t keep the clip in there; that’ll help a lot,” said another neighbor, Jaden Mendenhall

Three other children in the home have been taken into protective custody pending the investigation into the shooting.

Wichita police say they’re investigating how the little girl got ahold of the gun and whether it could lead to any charges.

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