Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Update: Grandmother charged in accidental shooting of her 4 year old grandchild.

48-year-old Renee Smith of Milwaukee has been charged with one count of leaving/storing a loaded firearm near a child — a misdemeanor.

The 4 year old, who was in his grandmothers care at the time of the shooting, is in grave condition, but improving.

Police say the grandmother was watching t.v and the 4 year old and 3 other kids were in the room with her. The four year old and 2 other kids were playing with cars. Suddenly all the kids "popped up" then they sat back down. Then there was a "loud bang" and 2 of the 3 kids "popped up" again.

It is unclear if the grandmother was either keeping a gun for someone else or bought the gun for protection. Smith was in possession of the gun, which she kept in a shoebox under the bed, for about 3 weeks. Police spoke with a man who said he sold her the gun six to 8 months ago with 5 bullets in it, for $300.00.

If convicted Smith could face a maximum of nine months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Full story here...

Original story:

A four your old boy, who was mistakenly reported as dead, after being shot near 45th and locust on Milwaukee's North-side is now listed in critical condition.

Police believe that a group of children were playing with the gun and that the shooting was accidental.

“I don’t know if you know the family or say prayers for the family, but I’m sure they would appreciate it at this point,” Jutiki Jackson with MPD said.