DEARBORN (WWJ) – Dearborn police are investigating what is being called an accidental shooting involving three children at a home day care.

The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 3000 block of Harding Street, off West Outer Drive and Rotunda.

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Two children, between the ages 2 and 4, were struck by bullets. Both were rushed to local hospitals in critical condition. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad telling the Associated Press a preliminary investigation has revealed a toddler in the home “accessed a handgun and the weapon discharged” about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday.

“They’re both shot, they’re both young and it’s very critical,” said Police Chief Ron Haddad.

Several children and at least one adult were inside the home at the time. Other circumstances weren’t immediately clear.

“For the parents of the children that were left here, I can tell you that both our police and fire departments have done our very best to keep them safe and get them to a safe place.” said Haddad. “Maybe the parents should make sure that where they leave their children is a safe place.”

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Haddad said it’s not yet clear if the home was a licensed day care center. He described it as “a babysitting home for a bunch of kids.”

“I’m not going to guess on what occurred in there but obviously there was weapons in proximity to where kids are and it’s totally unacceptable to me,” said Haddad. “It’s totally tragic; it’s irresponsible.”

No arrests have been made in the case, but that could change.

“I’ll suggest this, that if there’s charges, they’ll be appropriate charges,” said Haddad. “We seem to know all the parties involved and the investigation is ongoing. … However it shakes out, it’s a tragedy for our entire community. This isn’t something that anybody plans to occur. At this time, we just want to hope and pray for the young people involved.”

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