UPDATE: Friday, February 1, 2013
Police in a northeast Kansas town say a 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself with a handgun his father had left unattended.
Mission police said the boy remained hospitalized in stable condition Friday, a day after the shooting in the father's apartment.
Investigators said in a statement the father was preparing to clean his Glock 9mm handgun and left it unattended within the boy's reach.
While the father's back was turned, the boy pulled the gun toward himself. The gun discharged, sending a bullet through the child's forearm, into his abdomen and out of his lower body.
No arrests have been made. Police said they would send their report to the Johnson County district attorney for a decision on filing charges.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A toddler is undergoing surgery after suffering a gunshot wound Thursday afternoon at a northeast Kansas apartment complex.
Officers in the Johnson County town of Mission were called the complex in the 6900 block of West 52nd Place around 3 p.m.
KMBC reports the 3-year-old boy was shot with a 9 mm handgun and was taken to a local hospital where he is undergoing surgery.
Mission police believe a single bullet went through the boy's left arm and hit his abdomen.
The boy was at home with his father, the father's roommate and the roommate's fiance at the time. Police said the gun was "out and available."