Detroit, MI – Tragedy struck a Detroit apartment as a 5-year-old boy lost his life on Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the face with an unsecured gun. According to Detroit Police, the incident took place when five children, ranging in age from four to eight, were left unsupervised with the firearm on top of a dresser.
During a press briefing, Police Chief James White revealed that the young boy was playing on a bed and “jumping up and down” when he discovered the unsecured gun. In a devastating turn of events, he unintentionally shot himself in the face. White expressed his frustration, calling the situation “absolutely ridiculous, irresponsible, stupid, and unnecessary.”
The siblings of the deceased child were present and witnessed the horrifying incident. Authorities swiftly took both parents into custody. White criticized their actions, stating that their explanations “made no sense.” One parent was visiting friends, while the other was outside the home working on a car. The police department is currently investigating the situation and plans to search the apartment, with potential charges against the parents being considered.
Detroit Police took to social media to highlight the importance of securely storing firearms. They stressed, “We cannot stress enough the importance of securing and locking up your guns,” following the tragic accident. This incident sheds light on the concerning rise in gun violence across the United States.
As investigators continue their work, the Detroit community mourns the loss of a young life, just weeks before the holiday season. The circumstances surrounding the tragic accident serve as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences that can arise when firearms are left unsecured.