5-year-old dies after accidentally shooting himself on Detroit's west side, police say

George Hunter Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Editor's note: Police corrected the age of the boy Tuesday morning. An earlier version of the story stated he was 7 years old.

Detroit — In the latest incident involving Detroit children and gunfire, a 5-year-old boy has died after shooting himself on the city's west side Monday, police said.

The incident happened in the 19700 block of Oakfield, police said.

"Preliminary info is that a (5-year-old) found a weapon and accidentally shot himself," Detroit police Cpl. Dan Donakowski said in a text message. 

On Tuesday, Detroit police told The Detroit News the boy died from his injuries and did not release further information.

On Aug. 1, Detroit police Chief James White said 50 kids had been shot in Detroit, 10 fatally. Since then, at least three more children were shot in the city.

On Aug. 4, a 3-year-old girl was shot while playing with a gun near Littlefield and West Chicago on the west side. Two days earlier, on Aug. 2, a 2-year-old girl and a bystander were shot near Lawndale and Witt on the southwest side.