Child Shooting May Have Been an Accident, Police Stress Gun Safety

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Child Shooting May Have Been an Accident, Police Stress Gun Safety

A four-year-old boy found a loaded gun just before noon today, says IMPD.

INDIANAPOLIS--A four-year-old boy was shot just before noon Monday. Indianapolis Metro Police believe the child shot himself when he found a gun.

"Officers responded and located one male four-year-old child that was shot," said Officer Genae Cook, at a news conference. She said police administered first aid and the child was taken to the hospital, where he was stabilized in serious condition.

The shooting happened on Jamestown Court, just south of 46th St., and west of I-465, on the northeast side.

She said the parents were the ones who called in the shooting, and officers were able to find out how the child was shot by talking to them.

Cook did not discuss whether charges were possible. But, she did stress gun safety.

"Make sure those guns are not easily accessible to a child. Children are amazing. They can climb. They can get under things. They look in places that we don't think," said Cook. "As a mother, as a police officer, as a gun owner, we have to make sure that we are extremely cautious with weapons in our residences."

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