Milwaukee police: Boy shot himself accidentally, man arrested

A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after Milwaukee police said he got ahold of a gun and unintentionally shot himself on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Police said the shooting happened at a home near 21st and Cornell around 5:40 p.m. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested, police said; criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.

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MPD reminds the public to keep firearms locked with a gun lock and secured in an area out of the reach of children. Anyone in need of a gun lock can contact their local police district to check the availability of a free one.

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