South Bend boy, 5, shot, critically wounded by relative, 9

A 5-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot last weekend by a relative in what South Bend police are calling a “very tragic accident.”

The shooting happened Saturday night in a home on the city’s west side. South Bend police said Monday that the boy was shot by a 9-year-old relative and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The 9-year-old was not hurt but is dealing with “significant trauma” related to the incident, a police department spokeswoman said.

Police have not detailed the circumstances leading up to the shooting, but have ruled the incident as accidental. The children were related, but not immediate family members.  (AP)

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