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5-year-old shoots, injures 4-year-old on P.G. playground

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2011

A 5-year-old boy shot and injured a 4-year-old boy on a playground outside a Temple Hills apartment complex Thursday afternoon, Prince George's County police said.

Officers were called to the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway around 4 p.m. for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a boy who had been shot once, said county police spokesman Cpl. Mike Rodriguez. After firing, the 5-year-old shooter apparently ran away and hid the gun, which police recovered shortly after they arrived on the scene.

The 4-year-old boy was transported to Children's Hospital in the District and his injuries appear not to be life threatening, Cpl. Rodriguez said.

Officers have interviewed the parents of both children and are trying to determine how the child got the gun and who owns the gun.

"Charges are pending until we find out," Cpl. Rodriguez said.

Officers are also trying to determine who was supposed to be watching the children when the shooting occurred and may call the Department of Social Services as a result, he said.

In the last six months, three people have been killed in the same block and just last week a 23-year-old man was killed at a community playground three blocks away.

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