NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police say a toddler suffered a “very critical head wound” after he was shot at a Nashville residence.
The call came in from the 3000 block of Village Trail, located not far from Brick Church Pike around 10 a.m. Monday.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said the child is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He identified the boy as 3-year-old Kedrick Ross.
Neighbors tell us 3 yr old was carried out of this home in Madison with a towel wrapped over its head after being shot. Metro police officer on a motorcycle helped escort the ambulance to the hospital. No word on child’s condition. pic.twitter.com/TxGJTpbKJT— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) September 9, 2019
"Obviously the parents are very distraught over what's taken place and we need to just sort things out and that's what is taking place downtown, as well as at the hospital," Aaron said.
When officers first arrived on scene, the parents were already en-route to the hospital in their own vehicle. 911 dispatch operators told them to turn around because police were almost to the home.
Neighbors said towels were placed around the boy’s head to try and stop the bleeding. Once back at the home, the child was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
Aaron said officers are still processing the scene, calling it a “meticulous” process. Investigators found the gun involved more than five hours later. With it they found a magazine containing nine rounds and a spent shell casing. Officials say the gun was reported stolen from a locked pickup truck parked in a driveway on Byrum Avenue in July last year.
Police say there are differing accounts of what happened, but Youth Services detectives are investigating whether or not the shooting was self-inflicted.
The family had been staying at the home after being evicted from their previous residence a few days earlier. Police believe there were multiple people on property at the time, including the person who owns the duplex.
The owner said she and her two children were outside about to leave when the shooting happened. Officials say "none of the adults have acknowledged possessing the gun to this point."