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North Las Vegas child critically injured in shooting

The injury appears to be accidental
Posted: 11:44 AM, Nov 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-11 20:46:03Z
NLVPD: Critical shooting involving child
NLVPD: Critical shooting involving child
NLVPD: Critical shooting involving child
NLVPD: Critical shooting involving child

The North Las Vegas Police Department is investigating a critical shooting that involves a 3-year-old boy Saturday afternoon.

Police reported the child was in critical condition after what appeared to be an accidental shooting that occurred in a home located in the 5000 block of Drifting Pebble Street, near Lone Mountain Road and Donna Street.

North Las Vegas police said the boy was taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and may have had easy access to the gun. 

"It's just unbelievable. How does a child shoot themselves? If you have a weapon lock it up," neighbor Thomas Hemp said.

This isn’t the first time a child has been shot here in the Las Vegas valley.

Just last month, a 5-year-old was shot in the chest by his four-year-old brother.  and in June  a 2-year-old boy was killed after police said a 10-year-old had shot him when they were playing.

On Saturday, police were making a plea for gun owners, especially parents, to lock up their weapons.

"Make sure weapons are in a safe place and out of reach of children so they can't access them," said Aaron Patty, of the North Las Vegas Police Department.