Child shooting was ‘heartbreaking accident,’ police say

Wynne Police Chief Richard Dennis said a 10-year-old child was shot in the chest around 5 p.m....
Wynne Police Chief Richard Dennis said a 10-year-old child was shot in the chest around 5 p.m. Thursday, July 7 inside a home on Fitzhugh Circle.(KAIT-TV)
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 6:10 PM CDT
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WYNNE, Ark. (KAIT) – The Wynne Police Department is calling the shooting of a child a “heartbreaking accident.”

Police Chief Richard Dennis said a 10-year-old child was shot in the chest around 5 p.m. Thursday, July 7, inside a home on Fitzhugh Circle.

According to a news release sent to Region 8 News the following day, Ptl. Jamie Williams and Ptl. Jase Long found the young man “bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound.”

Long immediately placed a chest seal on the child until an ambulance could take it to Crossridge Community Hospital then flown to an undisclosed hospital in Memphis.

Police confirmed the child is currently recovering.

According to the news release, officers determined the child’s 13-year-old brother was “playing with an unsecured firearm located in the house when he unintentionally shot the 10-year-old.”

Dennis said the shooting appeared to be a “heartbreaking accident.”

He stressed if you are going to keep firearms in your house with children around they must be taught the safety measures.

“If your kids are going to be involved with guns I think you need to teach them the safety portion of that firearm,” Dennis said. “Whether it be a hunting rifle, shotgun, a pistol, or whatever.”

Even before that, he added every house should have some type of device in order to make sure the guns are kept away from children.

“First thing is you need to secure whatever firearm you own,” Dennis said. “Whether you invest in a gun safe or some type of locking device so something of this nature does not happen.”

The news release concluded by encouraging everyone to respect the family’s privacy and to “pray for healing for the victim, the family, and the community in this time of need”.

Region 8 News will continue to follow this developing story for more details.

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