The police say a child shot earlier this afternoon at 3401 Lamar Street in Little Rock (that’s near the Med Center), has died. The police haven’t declared it an accident, but early reports indicate that might be the case.
KARK reported earlier that the six-year-old was shot with a handgun about 4:11 p.m. in an SUV. A neighbor said she saw a woman screaming and then calling for help.
Police have not released further details. The original police call said the child had fired the shot. If an accident, it would be the second death of a child in two days in Central Arkansas from a handgun picked up by a child.
UPDATE: The police have not released the name of the victim because of age under a state law that has prevented release of all juvenile names on police reports, but they say they have charged the child’s aunt, Kenya Brevard, 38, with manslaughter in the death.
A police report said an officer arrived at the scene to find Brevard yelling and crying and standing over the child with a gunshot wound to his face. He found a Glock 30S handgun on the ground next to the rear passenger door. The victim stayed in the car while Brevard and another child got out. When she returned to the car several minutes later she saw the child lying in the back seat. She said no one had been around the vehicle. Brevard was taken into custody at the scene.
A police spokesman termed the shooting “accidental in nature.” The jail record lists the manslaughter charge, a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and a hot check charge.
The LRPD tweeted yesterday:
Let’s be responsible gun owners and keep all guns out of the reach of children.We must do our part to prevent horrible accidents. #GunSafety
Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan observed to KTHV: “It doesn’t take much to pull a trigger on a hand gun,”
KARK, quoting family friends, identified the child who was killed as Eron Burks.