19-month-old Wichita child dies after being shot

Courtesy: KSNW-TV
Courtesy: KSNW-TV

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-month-old Wichita toddler is dead after being accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother who was trying to lift a loaded handgun from a nightstand when it went off.

Wichita police say they received a 911 call around 2 p.m. Tuesday from someone who was extremely upset and had a hard time providing an exact address. The child was pronounced dead shortly after two men brought him into a hospital.

Police Lt. Todd Ojile says three children were in the bedroom when the 4-year-old found the 9 mm handgun and accidentally pulled the trigger.

The children’s 33-year-old father and his 22-year-old brother were in the living room when the shooting occurred.

Ojile says the tragedy shows why parents and caregivers need to keep guns out of the reach of children.



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