WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A 13-year-old Wichita boy has died after being hit once in what police believe was an accidental shooting.
The Wichita Police Department responded to the report of a shooting around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 4300 block of S. Bernita, near the intersection of Seneca and MacArthur.
Officers found Waylon Treat, 13, suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the hospital.
Investigators say a 16-year-old family member brought a gun to the home, and both boys were handling the gun when it went off, hitting Treat. Police say there were adults in the home at the time, but they were unaware of the gun being in the house.
“I think we’re looking at it as probably an accidental until obviously, we know for sure, we still got questions that need to be answered,” said Sergeant Clayton Schuler of the Wichita Police Department.
Officers say since this appears to be an accident, but they are still investigating. They offered a reminder about gun safety.
“But we definitely want to make sure that any guns we own in our homes are definitely locked away,” said Schuler.
An extended family member has set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral costs.