In Las Vegas, a young child was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after stumbling upon a firearm in a daycare playground. This gun had been abandoned by a teenager who had fled the scene following a violent incident on a city bus. This distressing incident was confirmed by local authorities.
Deputy Police Chief Reggie Rader disclosed that the child, who is under five years old, inadvertently discovered the firearm and, in handling it, triggered an unintentional discharge of the weapon. As of Friday afternoon, the toddler remained in a stable but critical condition.
Law enforcement officers successfully located the suspect in the vicinity of the daycare facility in northeastern Las Vegas and apprehended the individual. The law enforcement official did not disclose the identity of the suspect, noting only that the person was younger than 18 years old.
Efforts to obtain a comment from the corporate office of the daycare center, the sole establishment on the street where the incident occurred, were met with an absence of an immediate response. A staff member who answered a call from The Associated Press declined to discuss the shooting incident.
Regarding the charges that the teenager would potentially face, Deputy Chief Rader clarified that the details were not yet entirely clear. However, the police department was in consultation with the local district attorney’s office to determine the appropriate charges, as well as whether the suspect would be treated as an adult in the legal process.
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The teenager’s involvement in this distressing episode stemmed from a disagreement that had escalated on a city bus. In response to this dispute, the teenager brandished a firearm and fired at another individual on the bus. The victim of this shooting was also hospitalized but was reported to be in stable condition, according to Deputy Chief Rader.