MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating after a two-year-old boy was fatally shot Sunday afternoon.
It happened just after 1:30 p.m. near 9th and Madison street.
Police say other children were able to get a hold of a gun, unintentionally fired it, and hit the toddler.
"I’m really sad for the family over there that lost the baby," said Jorge Narbeze, a neighbor that lives just a block away from where shots were fired.
A 26-year-old man Milwaukee man was arrested in connection to the incident. Criminal charges are expected in the coming days.
A neighbor who lives across the street, Hector Pintor, said he knows the man who was arrested.
"When I first moved here, about a year ago, I was shoveling snow, and he [the man arrested] came over and just helped me. That's exactly how we met," said Pintor.
Pintor added, that for now, people need to avoid making assumptions about the family and what happened.
"It's just sad because you know, I got my son, and it's just, it's a kid, it's a baby, and it was an accident, you know, and I can't even understand it," he said.
The Milwaukee Police Department reminds the public to keep firearms in a secure area and out of the reach of children. MPD still has free gun locks available to members of the public. Please contact your local district if you are interested in a free gun lock.
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