A 4-year-old girl lost her life on Wednesday in the suburbs of Chicago, United States. She was accidentally killed by another child, who had a gun in his hands.
A young child, 4 years old according to the press, was accidentally killed Wednesday by another child with a firearm in the suburbs of Chicago, according to a press release issued on Thursday by the police.
This drama, a new illustration of the very heavy price paid by the United States for the dissemination of firearms, took place around 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the police discovering that a child had been “accidentally hit by a firearm by a another child from the same household,” the statement said.
The weapon was stored according to the father
The father of the fatally injured girl, the legal owner of the handgun used and who called for help, told investigators that the pistol was stored high up in a closet, police said. the locality of River Grove, in the western suburbs of Chicago (Illinois, north).
According to the newspaper Chicago Sun-Timesthe child who died was a 4-year-old girl.
This kind of tragedy is not uncommon. Each year, 19,000 children are killed or injured by firearms, according to the association Everytown for Gun Safety, which campaigns for more restrictions on firearms.
In 2020, weapons became the leading cause of death among young people aged 1 to 19, with 4,368 deaths, ahead of car accidents and overdoses, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). ).
Source: BFM TV