(CALIFORNIA TOWNSHIP) – Michigan State Police are investigating what's being called an accidental shooting of a three year old child.
Troopers were called to the 800 block of South Ray Quincy Road in Branch County's California Township at 6 PM Tuesday. During their investigation, officers determined that several children, all under the age of 5, were able to locate a loaded pistol in a bedroom of the house, while the adults were making dinner.
One child fired the weapon and it struck the three year old victim in the neck and facial area. The child was taken to Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola. He was later transferred to Parkview Health in Fort Wayne for additional treatment.
The injuries are non life threatening. The child is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Branch County Department of Health and Human Services along with Child Protective Services have been contacted. The matter is still under investigation.
The Michigan State Police would like to remind firearm owners to properly secure your weapons and ammunition in a safe place away from young children. Trigger locks and locking cabinets for gun safes are highly recommended.
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