In the past two days alone, two 4-year-old boys, one in Illinois and another in Ohio, were killed by gunfire.
A child killed in an Illinois shooting
The Peoria Police Department responded Monday to a call of 22 rounds of shots fired.
When they arrived, the officers found two shooting victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex — one of whom was the 4-year-old, the department said.
The young boy was transferred to a hospital where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
How many times the toddler was shot is yet to be determined, the Peoria County Coroner’s Office said.
Police said they are investigating the incident and there is no suspect information at the time.
Toddler shoots himself with unsecured gun
On Sunday, the 4-year-old son of an Ohio State Trooper died after shooting himself in the face with an unsecured weapon he found, authorities said Monday.
The gun was the “back-up” weapon of the child’s father, the Lucas County Coroner’s Office said in a press release. The death was ruled an accident.
The state police will conduct an internal investigation because a division-issued weapon was used in the incident, Ohio State Police spokeswoman Sergeant Tiffiany Meeks said in a statement.
“The Patrol family is deeply saddened by the devastating loss of (the trooper’s) child,” patrol superintendent Richard S. Fambro said in a statement. “There are no words to describe such a loss. Our thoughts and prayers have been, and will continue to be, with (the trooper), his family, friends and co-workers.”