Local news reports
A 3-year-old boy has died after what apparently was an accidental
shooting in a home in the 500 block of East Lincoln on Tuesday
afternoon, Wichita police said.
Police said they believe the
mother and her boyfriend were sleeping in the house when the 3-year-old
located a handgun and accidentally shot himself in the chest, Lt. Dennis
It was the second time in three months that a Wichita child was shot to death at home. On April 30, a 19-month old boy died shortly after being shot in the chest after three young children found a gun.
On Tuesday, the mother and boyfriend woke up when the shot was fired around 5 p.m. and called 911.
Four children – ages 3, 6, 7 and 8 – were in the house at the time, Wilson said.
boy was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, where he was
pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m., Wilson said. The boy’s mother was
with him when he died.
No arrests have been made, police said. The
boyfriend was still in custody answering police questions nearly two
hours after the shooting
“My advice to parents is to lock up any type of firearm,” Wilson said.