DETROIT (WWJ) – A man is in critical condition after he was shot reportedly by his young son.
Detroit police say a 10-year-old boy was questioned after shooting his father in an attempt to break up fight between his mother and father, early Monday morning on the city’s west side.
The child told police that when he was unable to stop his parents from arguing, he went to the back room and got a gun.
“Prior to their arrival there was an altercation between an adult male and adult female inside the location. During that altercation, the young man at the scene became concerned, apparently, for his mother’s safety. He stated that he picked up a gun and it accidentally went off at that time,” Detroit Police Captain Nick Kyriacou said.
The father, who was shot in the back, was taken to a local hospita.
The boy was released into the custody of a family member.
WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with a woman who claims to be the child’s aunt.
“It shouldn’t happen…and it wasn’t like that he was in there beating her,” said the woman, who did not give her name. “They had an argument and they got to fighting — and I don’t know where that gun came from.”
“I don’t know where that gun came from and it shouldn’t have been in the house.”
Police recovered the gun and are continuing to investigate the incident.
No names have been released.