A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, by his 4-year-old female cousin, who found a loaded gun underneath a bed in a Detroit home.(Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT - A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot Thursday in what police said was a tragic, avoidable accident.
The shooter was the boy's 4-year-old female cousin.
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Michael Woody, a Detroit police spokesman, said the children were
playing in the back bedroom of a home when the girl 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.
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
Police said there was one adult, the grandfather, in the home at the time of the shooting.
Police Capt. Rodney Cox said it's too early to tell whether any charges will be brought as a result of the shooting.
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
Woody said guns should be kept unloaded, locked in a case and out of the reach of children.
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"This is an example of how we must maintain gun safety," Cox said.
who live nearby told the Free Press that they didn't hear any gunshots
and aren't well-acquainted with the people who live at the house.
so sad," said Jennifer Robinson, 29, of Detroit, as she left the home
of a relative who lives on the street. She looked toward the flashing
red and blue lights of a police car and shook her head.
just devastated," said another neighbor, 77-year-old Dorothy Jameson. "I
was wondering why two 4-year-olds have access to a gun in the first