Gary, Indiana – A tragic incident unfolded on Friday night when a toddler was accidentally shot and killed in Gary, according to local police. The shooting occurred around 7:21 p.m. in the 2100 block of George Street, sending shockwaves through the community.
According to authorities, officers were called to Northlake Methodist Hospital to respond to a 2-year-old gunshot victim. The child’s mother shared with law enforcement that her 3-year-old son accidentally shot his younger brother after discovering a gun in her purse. The heartbreaking accident occurred while she momentarily left the bedroom.
Tragically, the 2-year-old succumbed to his injury, devastating the family and leaving the community reeling. As the authorities piece together the details of the incident, the Lake County Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force has launched an investigation into the shooting.
Gary Police Department is urging gun owners to prioritize the secure storage of their firearms, emphasizing the importance of using gun boxes or locks. While accidental shootings involving children are rare, they serve as a stark reminder of the need for responsible gun ownership and diligent safety precautions.
As the investigation continues, the community grapples with grief and the recognition of the fragility of life. Authorities are urging gun owners across the nation to take heed of this heartbreaking incident and ensure that their firearms are stored safely to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.