Youngstown police stress gun safety after shooting of 3-year-old boy

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A 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach at a McBride Street apartment Monday afternoon

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown police said a young child who was shot in a McBride Street apartment is in stable condition, and it appears his shooting was an accident.

Chief of Detectives Capt. Rod Foley said at a press conference Tuesday that detectives are looking to get a few more statements and tie up some loose ends before conferring with prosecutors on whether charges should be filed.

The 3-year-old is in stable condition at Akron Children’s Hospital, Foley said. He said it appears the child got ahold of a handgun that was on a nightstand.

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and police Chief Carl Davis also used the press conference to stress gun safety, especially with young children in the home.

“I can’t stress enough the need for gun safety,” Davis said. “If you own a gun in the home, please, please be careful.”

“If you own a gun make sure you have it locked and secured and away from young children,” Brown added.

Davis said gun locks are available at the police department, and he is working with his staff to distribute them in the future throughout the city.

Capt. Jason Simon also stressed that guns and ammunition should be stored in separate lock boxes and that guns should be partially disassembled, if possible.

Davis said he wants to have gun safety pamphlets in both English and Spanish for people to take home with them.

The language issue also came up during the initial investigation, where no one spoke English. A Spanish speaking officer had to assist detectives at the scene to make sure they got the correct information.

Foley said sometimes detectives do face a language barrier in investigations but he added they can typically find a Spanish speaking officer who is on duty and if not they can often receive translation help from Help Hotline.

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