A Kentucky toddler, age 4, was listed as having life threatening injuries and in critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Saturday night after he reportedly shot himself in the face at his home near the west side of Louisville. Police investigators think the shooting was an accident, state Alicia Smiley, who is a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police. The boy was at his own home in the 2700 block near 25th Street and Cypress Ave. when the shooting happened.
The LMP homicide unit was planning on handling the investigation, even though the young boy was still alive as of Sunday afternoon, explained Smiley. This was due to his injuries being considered extremely critical and very life threatening. The spokesperson stated that she did not have any information over how the child was able to get the firearm.
The shooting was reported to Louisville police around 3:30 p.m. It happened at the boy’s house, where his mother, a toddle girl, age 2 and also an infant were discovered to be living inside. There were not any known injuries to any of the other three inhabitants and it was also unknown what the relationships were among all the children, explained Smiley.
The boy’s grandmother, Cynthia Thompson, was crying as she was preparing to go to the hospital. She began to speak about how she had just been with the child and had taken him out to receive a haircut and to spend some quality time with him before the event had occurred.
When she was asked if she knew about any details, she responded that she had no clue about what had happened, but she stated that she was completely devastated. She added that her daughter, whom she refused to name, was under house arrest and should not have had any sort of gun. She also said that she had told her grandson that she loved him very much, and then something like this happens.
One of the neighbors who has lived in the neighborhood for almost 30 years and was only a couple doors down, said she did not know the tenants of the house where the shooting happened. They had not lived there very long and that she had never seen the four-year-old boy.
She said that whenever they loaded the boy in the ambulance, she knew he had to be kind of small, because she could not see his feet.
The child’s name still was not being released to the public on Sunday.
The young boy was listed as having life-threatening injuries and being in critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Saturday night after he reportedly shot himself in the face at his home near the west side of Louisville. Police investigators think the shooting was an accident, stated Alicia Smiley, who was a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police. The boy was at his own home in the 2700 block near 25th Street and Cypress Ave. when the shooting happened.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Columbus Republic
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