Boy on life support after being shot in head, Phoenix police say

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Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the condition of the shooting victim. 

A 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head at his home Monday afternoon is on life support.

The boy was found shot at a residence in the 3500 block of Rosewood Avenue, which is just north of Cactus Road, said Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis. Officials received a call about 3 p.m. from the home.

Lewis said three other children also were in the house at the time of the shooting, as well as the boy’s mother.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation, including who pulled the trigger, Lewis said. The investigation has not ruled out the possibility the shooting was accidental, he said.

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A gun was found inside the home, he added. The boy’s father, who was not home at the time, was detained by police for questioning about the weapon after he returned to the house, Lewis said in a prepared statement late Monday

Lewis earlier had stressed that while the shooting is under investigation, the tragedy can serve as a reminder about the importance of keeping guns secure inside one’s home.

“In a broader sense, when it comes to gun safety, gun storage, education is very important. Security and safety is very important,” he said. “Gun owners should typically understand the dangers inherent in the weapons and take good care to secure them properly.’’

, The Republic | azcentral.com