5-year-old boy shot, killed inside home: Gary police

32-year-old Gary, Indiana man in custody in connection with incident

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
5-year-old boy shot, killed inside home: Gary police
A Gary shooting killed a 5-year-old boy on Fillmore Street Wednesday, police say. A 32-year-old man has been taken into custody.

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- A 5-year-old boy was shot to death in Gary Wednesday, police said.

Police said a 32-year-old Gary man had come to a home in the 2400-block of Fillmore Street to check on a 17-year-old Chicago girl and 5-year-old who were there, while their guardians were away.

The man said he got to the home early Wednesday morning after a night out, and fell asleep after placing his handgun down, according to police. He told police he believed he was home alone.

He woke up at about 8 a.m. to a loud noise, and saw the child had been shot, police said.

He believed the child had accidentally shot himself, police said.

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He drove the child to the hospital, where he died.

Police have taken the man into custody.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (219) 755-3855.