4-year-old critically injured in accidental shooting

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On Nov. 28, a 4-year-old girl from Lebanon was shot in the head by her 2-year-old brother. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition.

According to a press release from the Lebanon Police Dept., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of North Park Street around 10 a.m. Nov. 28. The shooting, an apparent accident, occurred at the home of the children’s grandparents, who were caring for them at the time.

It is unclear how the child gained access to the firearm. LPD officers and representatives from the Dept. of Child Services are investigating.

“As of right now, we don’t know how he got the weapon,” LPD officer Justin Fuston said. “That part is still under investigation.”

Fuston said LPD recommends storing all guns in a locked case, with no ammunition.

“We have to be more vigilant and make sure that our firearms are safe at all times,” Fuston said. “Here at the Lebanon Police Dept., we keep a stock of locks you can use on your firearm when they’re not being used.”

The locks are free to anyone who comes into the police department and requests them.

“(The locks) are something we will probably start pushing heavily,” Fuston said.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.


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