Detroit police: Boy, 4, gets gun on fridge, shoots self

The Detroit News

Detroit — A 4-year-old boy shot himself in the abdomen with his grandfather’s work-related gun, police said Sunday night.

The toddler was hospitalized in critical condition after the gun went off in a home on the 16300 block of West Chicago between 9:30 and 9:40 p.m., said Detroit police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis.

“The grandfather (who) works security, was getting ready for work and took his firearm and put it on top of the refrigerator,” she said. “He went into the basement, the 4-year-old got a chair, climbed up on the chair and got the weapon down.”

The grandfather “comes back upstairs, the gun goes off, the baby gets shot in the stomach,” Lewis said. He “wasn’t doing too well,” she said of the grandfather, who was undergoing questioning by police late Sunday.

“Any other determination will be made once an investigation is complete,” Lewis said.