A young child has been killed in what police are calling an accidental shooting Monday night.
Des Moines police responded shortly after 7 p.m. on a report of a possible shooting at an apartment complex at 2746 Fleur Drive.
Police say a 4-year-old girl was shot in the chest. She was taken to Blank Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“I just got done from dinner and heard a lot of people shouting and yelling the address of the apartment building. We opened the door to see what was going on and the police showed up and the ambulance. We didn’t see anything until they brought the little girl out,” neighbor Jessica Uren said.
“I see her every so often playing out on the deck so it’s obviously very, very sad. It’s a sad thing to see someone so young and cute and have that happen to,” Molly Harper added.
Police are still determining if the gun was fired accidentally or if the girl had access to the gun. There were two other babies in the apartment at the time along with the girl’s mother and father.
No charges have yet been filed.