A 3-year-old was in a hospital Tuesday after Baltimore police say another toddler shot him with a gun that was left in his bedroom.
After sorting through witness statements and physical evidence, detectives said they were able to piece together how the boy was shot about 9:30 p.m. Monday in Southwest Baltimore.
Two toddlers were in the victim's room when they were "able to access a shotgun," Baltimore police said in a statement. One toddler shot the other one time in the lower leg. Detectives were still trying to determine how the shotgun was left in the victim's room.
No one answered the door Tuesday at the two-story brick rowhouse shrouded by thick bushes and trees in the 4400 block of Pen Lucy Road where police say the shooting occurred. Neighbors said the family who lived there had moved in recently and included three children — two young boys and a girl.
Tom Lee, who lives a few homes over and has lived on the block for about 40 years, said he saw the children playing from time to time outside. He said their guardians seemed to keep a close eye on them, never letting the kids wander into the street.
"The kids are always playing on the porch," Lee said. "They don't let the kids out of sight."
The last time Lee said he saw the kids was Halloween, when their guardians brought them around to trick-or-treat.
The shooting of the 3-year-old comes three months after another child the same age was shot and killed by an errant bullet in Waverly.
Police say multiple shots fired at the corner of Old York Road and East 36th Street on Aug. 1 wounded a man and woman and killed McKenzie Elliott, who was several yards away on her porch in the 3600 block of Old York Road.
Police initially indicated that the shooter was being held in jail on unrelated charges, but that man was later cleared. McKenzie's killing remains unsolved.