Clayton police chief discusses child's shooting
Clayton Police Chief Blair Myhand provides details of a Sept. 25, 2020, shooting involving a 2-year-old girl.
Yes. Uh, this morning, about 11:06 a.m. We received a call of a of a child that was found shot inside. Ah, home around the corner here. When we arrived, we found a two year old girl suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. She was immediately transported to Wake Med in Raleigh. Bye bye. Johnson County, E. M. S. We are still in the very early stages of this investigation, but at this point, we are investigating this as an accidental shooting by another family member. How does she appear to be doing right now? Ah, I don't know the exact conditions of her, but I do know as the last report of a couple months ago. Uh, the child is still alive. She's in the emergency room, and I'm sure doctors are working feverishly Thio help her live. And so And I know you mentioned this was accidental by another family member. How did this happen to you know, I don't know all the details of it, and and we haven't confirmed that it's accidental. We believe that that is what the cases and we're We're going on on that in our investigation. so we believe that she was accidentally shot by one of her siblings by siblings. How old is this sibling? And is a sibling being questioned right now? Uh, sibling is not being questioned at this point. Both parents are at the hospital or in route to the hospital. This point, um, that that child is with neighbors, and, uh, he is, I think, somewhere about 10 11 years old. And I know any time a child is involved, especially a child who's been shot, that's that's always tough for you all in law enforcement. How has that been like for you to come out here and responding for your police officers? You know, I mean, any shooting is obviously very tragic. And And, of course, one with a victim of this age really hits home for a lot of officers. And in an E. M s and fire folks here, I mean, most of us are our parents. And so, uh, you understand the you know, the realities of things and how fast things happen and how i'll one second, everybody's having a good time. And the next thing you know, the next second is tragedy. So well, you know we've We've kind of come accustomed this over our careers, but it never gets easier when you see some, especially someone of this age that that, you know, is accidentally shot hurt like this. Chief, I know you said that she's doing OK, but she's a two year old little girl. So I imagine the injuries air pretty extensive. What do you know about that? I don't know the extent of the injuries. Although I could tell you that she was shot one time in the head on. Uh, she was again transported quickly here, so I don't know the extent of the injuries. Thank you so much for your time. And of course, I don't know yet. John, it's a handgun. So handgun Semiautomatic handgun Fact is that right, Kenny? Yeah. Five.