An 11-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter after being accused of using his father’s gun to shoot and kill a 3-year-old boy, identified as Elijah Walker, in Detroit.
The 11-year-old, who remains anonymous due to being a juvenile, was visiting his father in Detroit’s Eastwood neighborhood around 1:40 pm. Allegedly, the juvenile came upon a handgun from the bedroom closet. He then threw the gun out the window into his father’s backyard. After retrieving the gun, the boy went to the backyard and went inside of a parked vehicle. Shortly after, Walker entered the vehicle, according to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office.
Officials are unsure of what made Walker and the 11-year-old get inside of the vehicle. What is certain is that 3-year-old Walker was shot once in the face.
Elijah was pronounced dead in the hospital.
The juvenile now faces a charge of manslaughter and a felony firearm charge, according to Mark Bernardi of the Wayne County Prosecutors Office.
“I cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life,” said Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, in a news release. “Very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it.”
Police at the scene told reporters that the boys had been “playing with the gun,” according to CBS Detroit.
The juvenile appeared in court for a preliminary hearing in the Juvenile Detention Center on Wednesday. He was held on $500,000 bond.
It is still unclear who was responsible for watching the boys at the time.