Wichita police said one child is in protective custody and another is still in the hospital after a gun they were playing with fired.
It happened Tuesday morning around 9:15. Police responded to a call at St. Joe Hospital. Two children, ages 2 and 4, received gunshot wounds to their hands. One child was treated and released. The 4-year-old had to undergo surgery.
During the investigation, police learned that the children, along with their mother, arrived at 26-year-old Delano W. Rogers’ home. The children found a gun and were playing with it when it fired. Delano transported the children and mother to the hospital and left. Officers found him at his home. He was booked on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment, interference with judicial process and possession of marijuana.
“He has been alleged to have attempted to destroy some evidence in regards to this case,” said Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.
Police said the mother was not arrested. They said she and Delano are friends.
A gun was recovered at a home in the 700 block of Minneapolis.
A neighbor said she heard the commotion coming from the home after the gun went off.
“I just heard the aftermath of the children screaming and crying real loud,” said Marilyn Willaby, neighbor. “That’s what alerted me. I looked out the window and saw the children and saw what was going on. The adults were very concerned and upset and trying to get the children into the car and then they took off real fast.”
Wichita police continue to stress the importance of locking up guns and neighbors said they wish that would have been done to prevent this shooting.
“If they’re gonna own a weapon, they should know how to handle it,” Willaby said. “Keep it secure and keep it safe. It’s just traumatic for the children. I hope that they’ll be okay.”
Police said the investigation continues. The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office for possible charges.