Police say four-year-old shot near 45th & Locust is in grave condition

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Police now say a 4-year-old child shot near 45th and Locust on Milwaukee's north side is in grave condition at a local hospital.  Police previously said the 4-year-old died Wednesday evening, March 19th, but an updated release from the department shortly before 11:00 p.m. that night listed the child in grave condition.

Police believe a group of juveniles were playing with a handgun when the four-year-old was shot. They believe the shooting was accidental.

Police do not know whether the shooting was self-inflicted, or whether another child shot the four-year-old.

One adult woman was transported from the scene by ambulance. It is believed she is a family member overcome with grief after the shooting.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m.

Police have recovered the handgun involved.

"I don't know if you know the family or say prayers for the family, but I'm sure they would appreciate it at this point," Jutiki Jackson with MPD said.

Tracey Dent is a community activist who lives near the shooting scene. He came by on Wednesday evening to offer his support to the family.

"It's heartbreaking. If they need a vigil or they need a pastor or any other kind of resources, I'm their go-to person," Dent said.