3 Year Old Girl Accidently Shot and Killed by another Child Playing with a Firearm

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are conducting a death investigation following the shooting of a young child in the 600 block of 46thPlace, Southeast, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at approximately 8:15 pm.

Members of the Sixth District responded to a shooting call that occurred inside of a residence, and upon arrival located a toddler suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The toddler was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The decedent has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Maryland, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 3 year-old Ms. Dalis Cox, of Southeast.

Investigation into this death is continuing. Preliminary information shows the shooting may have been the result of another child having found and been playing with a firearm that discharged, striking the decedent.”

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  • Well this is absolutely horrible.

  • This is absolutely heartbreaking.

  • Post is reporting the other child was 7. Just awful.

  • Gah. This is why firearms need to be not loaded with bullets and guns locked up separately. Need multiple failsafes if you’re going to have guns in your house.

    • Accountering

      So sad, people keep these guns in their house for protection. Despite the stats that a gun in the house is 46x more likely to be used to kill a family member or gun owner than an intruder.
      Hoping they throw the book at the parents. A kid was killed because of a parents negligence, it is time to stop calling these accidents.

      • Yes, so people don’t actually keep guns in their house for protection. They keep them in their houses so children can kill each other, so adults can kill each other in anger, so intruders can get the gun from them and shoot the gun owner. Most people who thinks their gun is in their home for protection is deluded. If not, they need to live alone, never have guests, know how to use the gun, be willing to use it, never sleep, and be strong enough not to be overpowered – impossible to ensure.

  • This is so tragic.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I feel so so badly for the other child. She/he has to grow up with this horrible accident that was not their fault. No gun should have been in their reach.

  • This is an old article from Slate, but perhaps changing how we talk about these shootings is the first step in preventing them.


    “The words we use to describe things affect the way we respond to them. “Accidental” implies that nobody is at fault—that the shooting just happened, unpredictably, like an earthquake or other act of God. If no one is at fault, then no one is to blame, and that’s how most police departments and prosecutors treat these shootings: no fault, no blame, and no crime.”

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