Parent's Talk: Minneapolis Child Shooting Brings Up Questions
Child safety, supervision, guns in the household are all topics in the death of a Minneapolis 2-year-old boy shot by his 4-year-old sibling.
News that a 4-year-old boy shot his 2-year-old brother in Minneapolis can place a whirring amount of questions spinning through any parent's head.
What happened? How did the child get a loaded gun? What is the appropriate amount of supervision for young children when there are weapons in the home? What are the best ways to keep your family safe with any kind of weapons in the home?
The following information has been released by the Minneapolis PD:
Just after 12:45 this afternoon (Dec. 5) Minneapolis Police officers in the First Precinct responded to a shooting involving a child victim in the 1900 block of 7th Street South.
Officers found a two-year-old boy who had apparently been accidentally shot by his four-year-old brother. The four-year-old had apparently been playing with a handgun he had found in a bedroom in the home when the shooting occurred. The two year-old died in the ambulance at the scene.
The mother, father and three children, ages one, two and four were home at the time of the incident. The one year-old, the four year-old and a five year-old sibling, who was not home at the time of the incident, are in protective custody for the time being.
Minneapolis Police Department Homicide investigators have been assigned this case and no one has been arrested though the parents are being interviewed by investigators. The results of the Homicide Unit investigation will be presented to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review of criminal charges against the parents. In Minnesota a four year-old cannot be charged with a crime.
The Minneapolis Police Department wants to remind everyone who has a firearm in their home that it is their responsibility to lock up firearms to prevent tragic accidents from occurring. Firearms should be stored unloaded, preferably in a gun safe, with the ammunition stored separately. It is a crime in Minnesota to store a loaded firearm in a manner where a child can gain access to it. (Negligent Storage of a Firearm 609.666, 2012 Minnesota Statutes)
As this investigation continues, questions remain for many.
This tragic incident is something that leave family and friends distraught, with implications that will linger for the rest of their lives.
For any parent, it stirs up a range of many different emotions.
What are your thoughts on what happened? What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.