JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot by his 4-year-old on cousin on Thursday, after finding a loaded rifle under a bed in a Detroit home, police said.
Sgt. Michael Woody, a Detroit police spokesman, said a brother, sister and their cousin were playing in the back bedroom of a home in the 7100 block of Tuxedo when the 4-year-old cousin found a rifle – loaded and not locked in a case – underneath the bed.
He said the girl pointed the gun at her cousin and pulled the trigger, shooting him in the chest.
Woody said police were called to the home at about 4:50 p.m. He said the child was taken to Henry Ford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said there was one adult in the home at the time of the shooting. Detroit police Capt. Rodney Cox said it’s too early to tell whether any charges will be levied as a result of the shooting.
He called the shooting a “tragic, tragic accident,” but one that was avoidable. Cox said the department stands behind responsible gun ownership, but “preliminarily, this does not appear to be responsible gun ownership.” Source: WZZM13
When will people learn that a loaded gun in a home with kids around is an accidental shooting waiting to happen? Guns should be kept out of reach of children.