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Police saying little about latest shooting that injures a child in Saginaw

4-year-old shot and injured in home is third child under the age of 8 hit by gunfire in last two weeks

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Avon Street

Avon Street in Saginaw

SAGINAW, Mich. (WJRT) - Another child has been shot and injured in Saginaw.

The 4-year-old boy is the third child to be hit by gunfire in the last 12 days.

Investigators say a man was holding a shotgun when it went off in a residence on Avon Street near Genesee Avenue. Police are still trying to determine why it happened, but 911 audio indicates it was first reported as an accident involving a dog.

”I’m told a dog knocked the gun down, shotgun shell went through the door and hit the child,” the dispatcher said.

The 4-year-old boy was rushed to an area hospital and remained there for treatment of serious injuries. The Saginaw Major Crimes Unit is investigating and at this point all they are saying is that the incident is under investigation.

Police would not confirm Tuesday whether the original story from the 911 audio about a dog possibly knocking the gun from a man who was holding the weapon, which possibly caused the discharge of the firearm, is really what happened.

No arrests were announced by Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State Police and the Saginaw Police Department stressed the importance of gun safety rules and for gun owners to take a firearms training class.

The boy is the third child under the age of 8 to be shot and injured in the city over the past two weeks.

An 8-year-old girl was shot inside a residence around 2:10 a.m. July 21 in the 400 block of 17th Avenue. Investigators say someone shot at the residence and one of the bullets traveled inside, where it hit the girl.

She was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after the incident.

A 4-year-old boy was shot by a family member accidentally on July 16 in the 2500 block of Hampshire Street. An ambulance rushed the boy to an area hospital and he later was transferred to another hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Crime data from Saginaw’s first six months of 2021 showed a decrease, but the city recently has experienced an uptick. Homicides for the city of Saginaw this year are now up to nine.

Two of them happened in just one week earlier this month.

A 23-year-old woman was found shot to death on a porch on Burnham Street near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wheeler Street on July 5. Just days later on July 8, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed at a residence on Beechwood Avenue near Hess and Sheridan avenues.

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Terry Camp anchors ABC12 News First at Four and ABC12 News at 5:30. He also reports on issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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