Connor Wolfe, a 5-year-old who lives in Pennsylvania, was shot and killed by his 6-year-old brother after young children were left unsupervised with a gun. Police are investigating the circumstances of the case.
According to reports, the Allegheny County Police Department was called to the scene around 5:30 p.m. Monday night and found the young boy with a single gunshot wound. Connor Wolfe was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and was later pronounced dead.
No charges have been filed, but it was discovered that the gun was registered to one of the parents. Both parents are cooperating with police.
Police say that any charges will be determined by the District Attorney’s Office and that the county’s office of Children, Youth, and Families have been told of the incident.
Reports said that the incident happened Monday night when the three children were left unsupervised in a back bedroom of the Penn Hills, Pa. home. At some point the 6-year-old picked up the gun.
The police department issued a statement about the incident saying: “Detectives discovered evidence suggesting that a 6-year-old sibling accidentally shot the victim while handling an unsecured firearm present inside the residence.”
Connor Wolfe was in kindergarten at the Penn Hills School District. The school issued a statement on their Facebook page after the tragic death of the young boy.
They said, “We ask all members of our Penn Hills community to remember Connor and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Counselors and social workers are being made available to students and staff.”
Connor Wolfe’s family has not made a statement regarding the tragic death of their 5-year-old son.
Many neighbors of the family are shocked by the shooting. Alfred Robinson said that he never had a problem with the children and that they were always nice to him. He said, “They are nice kids, very nice kids, always speaking, very manner-able,” Alfred Robinson said. “I just can’t believe it. It’s just horrible, it’s hard.”
Since the shooting, the city of Pittsburgh has taken action to prevent other senseless gun deaths in their area. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police announced Tuesday that they will be handing out free gun locks for anyone in the city who wants to better protect his or her gun.
The locks will be distributed until the bureau runs out. A spokesperson for the district said she guesses there are over 12,000 gun locks ready for distribution.
“Taking five to ten minutes to place the lock on a gun could potentially save a life,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “That’s what we’re trying to get out to the public today, that these locks are available.”
According to police, the gun locks are attached through the magazine chamber and inserted in the ejection port before locking into place. They recommend that keys to the lock be kept in a safe area away from children.
This action comes after the district was shaken by two child shooting deaths. Connor Wolfe was shot to death on Monday just hours after the tragic death of 4-year-old Ajene Lane, who was shot in East Liberty.
According to police reports, the boy accidently shot himself and was found early Monday morning with a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the same hospital as Connor Wolfe, and later pronounced dead.
Both investigations are ongoing.