CALUMET CITY, Ill. — A five-year-old boy died in Calumet City Thursday night after a gun was brought into the home by one of his siblings, police said.
At around 9 p.m., authorities responded to the 200 block of Paxton on the report of a child shot.
Officers at the scene located a 5-year-old boy, later identified as Kentrell Pouncey, suffering from a gunshot wound. Pouncey was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Following a preliminary investigation, police believe the gun was found somewhere outside of the home and brought in.
At the time of the shooting, Pouncey was in the home with his three siblings, all under 15, and his mother.
“This poor mother, she’s innocent in this but the message is still the same,” Calumet City spokesperson Sean Howard said.
Authorities went on to describe how important gun safety is.
“Tragic incident, a strong reminder of the importance of gun safety,” Howard said, “That parents need to have talks with their children.”
Pouncey was found with a gunshot wound to the head. At this time, circumstances on how the gun discharged or who was handling the gun at the time are not known.
“Regardless of the circumstances concerning this tragic death, our hearts are broken as this family must now deal with the loss of this young child. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal” said Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones.
Police said they would provide further updates as the investigation unfolds.
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