Troy — A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and wounded himself in a vehicle Friday outside a Troy supermarket, police said.
According to police, the incident happened around 1:18 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kroger at Crooks and South Boulevard.
Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said the boy was shopping inside the supermarket with his mother and 10-year-old brother and they returned to their blue Ford Mustang with groceries.
While his 10-year-old brother and their mother were busy putting items in the car, the 4-year-old crawled into the front seat and found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm automatic handgun that was stored in the unlocked center console. He somehow shot himself on the left side just above the waist. The bullet exited through his left thigh, police said.
The child was transported to Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak with non-life threatening injuries.
It is believed only one round was shot from the firearm. There was no trigger lock on the weapon, which was loaded with 16 rounds, police said.
The mother has a concealed permit license to carry, Redmond said. The vehicle was seized by police, who are investigating what, if any, charges may result from the incident.
It is legal for those with a concealed pistol license to store a handgun in a vehicle console, said Steve Dulan, an attorney and adjunct professor teaching firearms law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
“Obviously it’s unsafe when you have children of a certain age,” said Dulan, also a board member for the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. “That’s a tragedy that could have been avoided.”
Dulan said there are charges – not tied to gun law – that could be filed against parents who allow their children to suffer harm through negligence.
Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call the Troy Police Department at (248)524-3477.