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3-year-old shoots 2 people in Indiana, leads to arrest of man wanted for murder


The child was able to access a firearm and fire a round, police said.

A shooting in Indiana that injured two people after a three-year-old gained access to a gun led to the arrest of a man wanted for murder in Illinois, authorities said.

Trayshaun Smith, 23, was arrested Thursday after he visited a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to Lt. Justin Hartman of the Lafayette Police Department.

Investigators eventually determined that the shooting that sent Smith and another victim to the hospital occurred when a three-year-old was able to access a gun and fire a single shot.

“It was determined that a three-year-old child at that location gained access to a gun and fired one round, striking two people,” according to Hartman.

The police department said officers initially found both gunshot victims at Franciscan Health Lafayette East Hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They later determined that the shooting took place at an apartment complex in Lafayette, Indiana.

Hartman said the other victim was the child’s mother and Smith was a friend of the mother.

Smith was arrested on an active homicide warrant from neighboring Cook County, Illinois. The Lafayette Police Department said it is coordinating with police in Markham, Illinois, regarding the arrest.

Smith lives in Lafayette, according to authorities.

A representative for the Markham Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest.

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