In a tragic incident, a 16-month-old boy has been fatally shot by his 5-year-old sibling in an apartment in northwestern Indiana. The fatal incident occurred when the older sibling gained access to a handgun that was kept inside the apartment. The victim has been identified as Isiah Johnson, and an autopsy is scheduled to be conducted to determine the cause and manner of his death.
According to Lt. Matt Gard of the Lafayette police, the shooting was reported by an individual outside the apartment who called 911 after finding that the child was not breathing. The apartment had two children and one adult at the time of the incident. As of Wednesday morning, no arrests have been made, and the case is under investigation.
Once the investigation is concluded, the case will be sent to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office for review to determine if charges should be filed. Lafayette is situated approximately 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.
The incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of firearms when they are not safely and securely stored away from children. This case is a stark reminder of the importance of responsible gun ownership, as the consequences of negligence can be deadly. The incident is a heartbreaking loss for the family of the victim, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.