ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul woman has been in arrested in connection with an incident that resulted in a 4-year-old girl being shot.
It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of 3rd Street East. An incident report says the child was shot in the leg, then taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital with what is being described as a non-life threatening wound.
While police haven't confirmed this, Mayor Chris Coleman said Wednesday that a 7-year-old child accidentally pulled the trigger while playing with an unsecured weapon they found in the playroom.
"Fortunately, the young girl’s injuries are not life-threatening," Mayor Coleman said in a released statement. "But this near-tragedy serves as a stark reminder about gun violence in our City. If you are a gun owner in Saint Paul, please be smart – secure guns in your home and model responsible behavior for young people. Unintentional shootings like the one last night in Dayton’s Bluff are preventable.”
A woman in the home at the time of the shooting was arrested on charges of felony child endangerment, felony drug possession (cocaine) and negligent storage of a firearm.
SPPD invest shooting on 700 block of E 3rd St. 4 yr old female suffered non-life threatening inj. Prelim info accidental. Inv ongoing.— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) July 26, 2017