MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – On Monday March 30th, 2020, at approximately 10:30am, Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies were called to McLaren Macomb Hospital for a 2 year old child that had been brought in with a gunshot wound to the hand. The child, who was conscious, had been brought in by his father.
Deputies were told that the handgun had been left out briefly and the child got a hold of it, self-inflicting the gunshot wound to his right hand. The father who heard the gun shot immediately brought the child to the hospital where he is in stable condition.
This incident occurred in the Westbridge Manor mobile home park located in Macomb Township. Several other persons, both an adult and children were home at the time of the incident and were uninjured. The handgun is registered to the child’s father.
“This appears to be a very unfortunate incident that could have easily been deadly. Possessing a weapon is a great responsibility that comes with many risks, especially when children are involved. Please do not leave weapons anywhere that a child can access it, even if just for a second.” – Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
The child is in stable condition at this time and all involved persons have been cooperative. It is noted that the Clinton Township Police Department took a report of a vehicle’s rear window being shot as it traveled down the roadway. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Hall Rd near where the gun had been fired injuring the two year old. The driver reported this at the same time the gun had been fired in Westbridge Manor mobile home park. The vehicle is described as a black 2017 Lincoln MKZ. The vehicle was operated by a lone 53 year old man out of Troy. He is uninjured. A spent bullet was located inside of this vehicle having the same caliber of the gun that injured the two year old. Both agencies are working together to determine if the incidents are related.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this incident and will give further information as needed.