1-year-old Wichita child dies after being shot

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say a 1-year-old boy has died after being shot at his home.

It happened Tuesday afternoon in the 1300 block of North Pennsylvania in northeast Wichita.

Police confirmed to KSN Wednesday morning that the 4-year-old pulled the trigger shooting the 19-month-old boy.

Police believe the 4-year-old knew the 9 mm handgun was kept in a bedside table drawer.

They say the 4-year-old pulled the trigger causing the shot to go through the drawer. The shot hit the baby in the chest.

Two adults, the father and his 22-year-old brother, and two other children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

“They’re extremely hard cases. It’s a terrible tragedy is the only way we can put it. No 1-year-old should end up shot in the chest under any circumstances,” said Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita Police Department.

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

“There’s no law stating how people should secure a firearm. There’s no law against it. There’s common sense. There’s safety which go through a class learn about safety,” added Ojile.

“If your child gets to it, this is the outcome, and it’s sad. It’s horrible that a child has to lose their precious, innocent life behind an adults mistake,” said Kirsten Salisburg, neighbor.

The Wichita Police Department will present the case to the district attorney who will make the final decision on whether charges will be filed.

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