Child who accidentally shot, killed self ID'd by coroner

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the child shot and killed Tuesday as Bradley Whitis.

Metro Police said Bradley, 4, accidentally shot himself at his home in the 9500 block of Chandler Springs Avenue near Warm Springs and Fort Apache roads.

It happened in the Copper Ridge subdivision.

The child was taken to University Medical Center where he died.

There's no word on what led up to the shooting or how the toddler came in contact with the gun, but police say there were other adults and juveniles in the home at the time of the shooting.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the child shot and killed Tuesday as Bradley Whitis.

Metro Police said Bradley, 4, accidentally shot himself at his home in the 9500 block of Chandler Springs Avenue near Warm Springs and Fort Apache roads.

It happened in the Copper Ridge subdivision.

The child was taken to University Medical Center where he died.

There's no word on what led up to the shooting or how the toddler came in contact with the gun, but police say there were other adults and juveniles in the home at the time of the shooting.

"These are the most difficult cases," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

While police have not arrested the gun owner in what they are calling an accidental shooting, in the past, the DA, has prosecuted other parents in situations where a child has gotten a hold of a gun.

"One particular case that comes to mind is a previous accidental discharge where a child got a hold of the parent's gun," Wolfson said.

No one was hurt, but it happened again, and this time it was tragic.

Police eventually arrested Jeffrey Hamilton in December 2015, two months after 8-year-old Clayton Singleton fatally shot himself.
   
Hamilton was the boyfriend of the little boy's mom.
   
Last year, at least two other parents were arrested in different incidents.  Once arrested charges can range from endangerment, child abuse, and neglect.

"They're felonies so they can range in punishment from just probation, up to five, 10, 15 or 20 years in prison."

The Clark County District Attorney's office handles these types of investigations on a case by case basis to determine if a crime was committed.

Some of the factors are the location of the gun, along with the access, supervision, age of the child, prior history, and the family dynamic.

"Every case is different," Wolfson said. "There are different facts that are generally present or absent in every single case."
   
The district attorney says he's been on the preliminary findings of the investigation into Bradly's death.  However, he wasn't able to comment any further.
  
Metro Police are expected to release more information by next week.
    

 

 


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