A Detroit Police vehicle is parked in the intersection of Tuxedo St, and Monica St. in the 7100 block of Tuxedo St., a four year old boy was shot with a rifle by his four year old female cousin, Thursday. (Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit News)
Detroit— An autopsy on a 4-year-old Detroit boy who police say was accidentally shot by his cousin determined he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The autopsy on Jamel Witcher was completed Saturday before noon, said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. The death has been ruled a homicide.
Two people connected to the death of the boy were arrested Friday, police said. Detroit Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody did not identify who the arrested people were, but said they were both convicted felons, meaning it’s illegal for a weapon to be in the house.
According to police, the childrens’ grandfather was at home on the 7100 block of Tuxedo on the city’s west side when the rifle discharged.
Witcher was pronounced dead Thursday at Henry Ford Hospital after being shot by his 4-year-old female cousin while they and a third child watched television in the bedroom of a west side home on Tuxedo Street.
“A female has been arrested on a felony warrant unrelated to the case,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said. “A male was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession (of a firearm).”
Police said one of the three children watching TV together in a bedroom found the rifle and began playing with it about 4:50 p.m.
“One of the 4-year-olds found a long gun, pulled it out, and shot her cousin,” Woody said.
A 5-year-old sister of the boy was present during the shooting as well.
Woody has said it’s too early to tell whether police will seek further charges against anyone for allowing the children access to the firearm. It it not known to whom the rifle belonged or where it had been stored.
“It doesn’t seem criminal, just accidental,” Woody said Friday. “It’s real tragic.”