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3-year-old who shot, killed himself over the weekend identified

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Posted at 11:29 AM, May 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-10 19:22:47-04

MILWAUKEE — The 3-year-old who police say unintentionally shot himself over the weekend has been identified.

Police say Cire Walker, 3, shot and killed himself late Saturday evening in the Merrill Park neighborhood.

Police say Walker got a hold of a firearm and unintentionally shot himself. Walker died from his injuries.

Santa Medina, a certified medical assistant, happened to be visiting her daughter, who lived right next door to the house where the incident occurred during moments shots were fired.

Shocked at what she heard, she said she then saw a gentleman who is said to be the uncle of the late 3-year-old boy rush out asking for help.

"He was like 'can you please come help' and I was like 'is he OK' and he was like 'my nephew shot himself,'" said Medina, who immediately rushed into action.

During these moments, Medina says the mother was incredibly distraught.

"I can still hear her screaming, so I just hope it's a lesson learned for everybody," said Medina.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene. It is unclear what charges the suspect faces or his relation to the 3-year-old.

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett said this tragic situation should not have happened, and more enforcement is needed.

"There are too many guns, there are too many felons who have guns, and a little boy has died and it’s heartbreaking. Right before Mother's Day, I just can’t imagine it," Barrett said.

We reached out to the Milwaukee Police Department and asked if the 26-year-old taken into custody was a felon. They could not confirm that. Mayor Barrett said during a press conference Monday he believed the man is a felon.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley urged people to be diligent with where they keep their firearms.

"As a parent myself of a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old daughter, if you have a gun legally, it is extremely important that you do everything in your power to make sure that your child does not have access to that gun," Crowley said.

We reached out to the family of Cire Walker and they're asking for privacy as they begin making funeral arrangements.

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