April 29, 2014

Young child dies in Wichita shooting, police say

A young child has died after being shot, a Wichita police official said Tuesday.

A young child has died after being shot, a Wichita police official said Tuesday.

The child, about 1, was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the parents have been notified, police Lt. Jeff Gilmore said Tuesday night.

Gilmore said he expected that investigators would be conducting interviews well into the night. He said he couldn’t provide more information about the shooting but said police expect to give details at the regular daily briefing for media at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, an emergency dispatch supervisor said preliminary information was that a 1-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound in the chest from a shot possibly fired by a 3-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon, apparently at a house near 13th Street and I-135.

The child was taken by private vehicle to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw said.

The boy was initially thought to be in critical condition, the dispatch supervisor said. The ages of the two boys reportedly involved in the shooting were based on preliminary information, the supervisor said.

A caller reported the shooting shortly before 2 p.m.

By Tuesday evening, police wearing latex gloves were gathering evidence from a small house where they think the shooting occurred.

At one point, investigators stepped around to the south side of the house and pressed their fingers into the siding, then went back inside. One investigator carried a ladder into the home.

A neighbor said he had recently seen small children at the house.

A toy sword lay in the front yard.

UPDATE: Police: 4-year-old pulled trigger of gun, killing little brother (April 30, 2014)

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