WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say a 3-year-old boy is dead after being accidentally shot in the chest in south Wichita.
It happened inside a home on Lincoln near Emporia just around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Police identified the boy as 3-year-old Jahmez Hunt.
According to officials, the boy found the gun inside cabinets above the refrigerator, and it accidentally went off.
“We heard some shots and police coming, and once we arrived here and pulled up, we saw the ambulance and police were bringing a child outside to bring him to the ambulance, and they were pumping on him,” said Lisa Barron, witness.
The child was critically injured. He was transported to the hospital where he died shortly after 6 p.m.
“We have revealed throughout the investigation that the children throughout the day had been playing in the residence, and one of the children located the gun and had showed the other children. Children being as curious as they are, they went and located the gun again and played with the gun,” said Lt. Jeff Gilmore, Wichita Police Department.
Police say the mother and her boyfriend were taking a nap when the shooting happened.
Police say the gun belongs to the 30-year-old boyfriend of the mother. KSN uncovered that he is Mario T. Benjamin. He is a convicted felon. He was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm.
Police believe the mother did not know the gun was in the home.
“Advice to parents, lock them up. Lock up any type of firearms. Anything that’s dangerous to children lock it up so they can’t get to it,” said Lt. Dennis Wilson, Wichita Police Department.
There were three other children, ages 6, 7, and 8, inside the home at the time of the shooting.
They are now in police custody.