DETROIT (AP) — A 5-year-old boy has been fatally shot by his 18-month-old cousin who got hold of a handgun inside a westside Detroit home.
The toddler was playing with the gun about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when it discharged, striking the older boy in the neck, according to police.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
A 27-year-old man was at the home at the time of the shooting and has been arrested. Police said he was father to the 5-year-old and uncle of the toddler. The boys’ grandmother and a 1-year-old girl also were at the home.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
The shooting was “completely avoidable,” according to Tiffany Stewart, 10th Police Precinct commander.MORE NEWS: Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
“We lost another child in the city of Detroit due to a lack of firearm safety,” Stewart told reporters. “This is why we emphasize gun safety with gun locks and gun boxes so we don’t have circumstances like this.”
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