MILWAUKEE (WISN) — Milwaukee County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a Milwaukee man in connection with the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy.
Michael Moore is charged with child neglect resulting in a death.
The shooting happened just before noon Tuesday at a home near the intersection of N. 45th Street and Concordia, police said.
According to the criminal complaint, Moore left his loaded gun on a living room shelf early Tuesday morning.
A couple of hours later, Moore’s girlfriend heard a loud sound, and found her 5-year-old son with a gunshot wound.
Records show police arrested Moore at the home less than 30 minutes after the shooting.
The same records also show the man was transferred to the criminal justice facility late Thursday.
“If you’re a gun owner, please, please, lock your guns up. Don’t leave your guns out where your children can get access to it,” retired Milwaukee Police officer Malcolm Hunt said the day of the shooting.
Hunt, who is also a minister, was at the scene working alongside Salvation Army chaplains to assist the boy’s grieving family.
Hunt told reporters the boy found a gun in the home while his mother was asleep.
He said a loud pop woke the woman up, but the boy did not answer when the woman called out for him.
Hunt said she found the boy on the couch.
“We have lost too many children and babies in this city, way too many,” Hunt said.
Neither police nor the medical examiner have publicly identified the boy.
In a similar incident Monday in Kenosha, 5-year-old Dakari Weldon died after being shot.
Brothers Javonn and Jovonn Cannon, both 24, are in custody and charged in connection with his death.
According to a criminal complaint, Jovonn Cannon left a gun on a bed when he went to smoke marijuana.
The complaint said Dakari found the gun and was playing with it.
When Javonn Cannon tried to take the gun from the boy, prosecutors said, the gun went off.
Jovonn Cannon is charged with leaving a loaded firearm within reach or access of a child.
His brother is charged with homicide by negligent handling of a firearm.
In Greenville, South Carolina, a 2 year old died Thursday in an accidental shooting after finding a gun in at home.
The coroner identified the toddler as Kayden Stuber.
No charges had been filed in the case, but a Greenville County Sheriff spokesperson said Friday the investigation is ongoing.