Family says 18-month-old shot, killed 5-year-old cousin

Detroit police
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 19:39:57-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — He never should have access to a gun. That is the message from Detroit police after a family called 911 saying an 18-month-old shot his 5-year-old cousin, killing him.

The call came from inside a house on Sturtevant near La Salle, in the area of the Lodge and the Davison on the city’s west side.

Detroit Police rushed to the scene and gave the child medical attention. You could hear them over the scanner give dispatchers a heart-wrenching update.

“Medics on scene. Checking for a pulse. It doesn’t look good,” you can hear a voice say over the scanner.

The little boy was rushed to the hospital but did not make it.

“The child was shot in the neck. The gun was a Glock. We do have the gun recovered," said Commander Tiffany Stewart of the Detroit Police Department’s Tenth Precinct.

Detroit Police say a grandmother, dad, and the children were inside the house when it happened.

They detained the dad for questioning, but he has not yet been charged. The investigation is ongoing.

“This was avoidable. This is why we emphasize gun safety in the City of Detroit with gun locks and lockboxes,” said Stewart. “So we don’t have circumstances like this. There has been far too many of these types of circumstances in the City of Detroit.”