4 Year-Old Shot, Killed 1 Year-Old Brother, Wichita Police Say

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- Wichita Police say a toddler died after he was accidentally shot by his four-year-old brother.

Just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, 911 received a call about a shooting. The caller was extremely upset, and dispatchers were unable to get a location from the man. Moments later, two men showed up at Wesley Medical Center with a 1-year-old child who had been shot in the chest.

Officers learned the shooting happened in a bedroom of a home in the 1300 block of North Pennsylvania, near 13th Street and I-135.

Police say three children: a four-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl and a 19-month old boy, were in a bedroom when the oldest child opened a nightstand that contained a loaded 9mm handgun. Lt. Todd Ojile says the child didn't pick up the gun, but was able to pull the trigger.

The 19-month-old was standing near the nightstand, and was shot in the chest.

The 33-year-old father of the children and his 22-year-old brother were in the living room when the shooting happened. Both men took the child to the hospital, where he died about 45 minutes later.

Lt. Ojile said cases like this are difficult for detectives.

"No one-year-old should have to die from a gunshot wound," Ojile said. He continued, saying there is no law on where to keep a firearm, but "there is common sense."

Police are still investigating, but say charges are possible against the father. Investigators are expected to turn the case over the district attorney's office late this week or early next.

Posted by: Nick Viviani