3-Year-Old Shoots 2 People in Indiana, Leading to Arrest of Man Wanted for Murder
The child was able to access a gun and fire a bullet, police said.
A shooting in Indiana that injured two people after a three-year-old child gained access to a gun has led to the arrest of a man wanted for murder, authorities said.
Trayshaun Smith, 23, was arrested Thursday after visiting a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to Lafayette Police Department Lt. Justin Hartman.
Investigators ultimately determined that the shooting that sent Smith and another victim to the hospital occurred when a three-year-old was able to access a gun and fire a single bullet.
“It was determined that a three-year-old child at this location gained access to a firearm and fired a bullet striking two people,” according to Hartman.
The police department said officers initially found the two gunshot victims at Franciscan Health Lafayette East Hospital, where they were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They later determined that the shooting took place at an apartment complex in Lafayette.
Hartman did not immediately provide details about the relationship between the three-year-old shooter and the victims.
Smith was arrested on an active murder warrant from nearby Cook County, Illinois. The Lafayette Police Department said it is coordinating with police in Markham, Illinois regarding the arrest.
Markham is more than a hundred miles from Lafayette. Smith resides in Lafayette, according to authorities.
A representative from the Markham Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest.