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Wichita police have released new details to explain how a young boy was injured Sunday in an accidental shooting with a pellet rifle.
The shooting was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 2300 block of East Winchester. Lieutenant Doug Nolte said a 27-year-old man had been shooting a pump action pellet rifle earlier in the day, and he left the rifle on a table. The man's 4-year-old son picked the rifle up and it went off, sending a pellet into the left forehead of the boy's 5-year-old cousin.
The injured boy was taken to a hospital. He's now in stable condition in a pediatric intensive care unit. Nolte said doctors were hoping to take the boy off a ventilator Monday so he could begin breathing on his own.
Nolte said the rifle's owner was arrested for child endangerment for leaving the weapon out where a child could get to it.
Nolte said it's important for parents to realize that even pellet guns are dangerous, and all guns should be kept well out of the reach of children.