UPDATE: Monday, March 11, 2013
Police say the condition of a child who was shot by a pellet gun yesterday is improving.
The 5-year-old boy was accidentally shot on Sunday evening in the 2600 block of East Winchester.
According to police, the family was initially hesitant in giving a clear story as to what happened.
Officers have since determined that a 26-year-old man who lives at the home had been out shooting earlier in the day. At some point in the afternoon, he came in and left the pump-action pellet gun on a table.
Later, the man's 4-year-old son picked up the gun and accidentally shot his five-year-old cousin.
The child was taken by private vehicle to Via Christi Hospital on East Harry, then transferred to Via Christi Hospital on Saint Francis due to the severity of his injury. Doctors determined the pellet entered the left side of the child's forehead and penetrated the skull.
The boy's condition has stabilized. Police are optimistic that he may be pulled off a ventilator and breathing on his own at some point today, but he remains in critical condition.
The 26-year-old man who left the gun on the table, identified as the victim's uncle, was arrested for aggravated child endangerment and obstruction.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Wichita Police say the accidental discharge of an airgun lead to a 5-year-old child suffering very critical injuries.
It happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday, in the 2300 block of E. Winchester, near 63rd Street S. and Hydraulic. Sgt. Bart Brunscheen says a person inside the house was cleaning the gun when it went off.
The child was struck by a projectile above the temple. He was taken by his mother to Via Christi Hospital on E. Harry before being transferred by ambulance to St. Francis.
Brunscheen described the child's condition as very critical. Sgt. Brunscheen said that an air rifle can fire at a high enough feet per second that they can be "extremely dangerous."
The boy's mother, as well as the brother and children at the home were taken to city hall to be interviewed by detectives.