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Toddler Injured After Handling Loaded Handgun

Homicide detectives are investigating after a 2-year-old boy arrived at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) at 9:36 this morning with a gunshot wound.

HMC staff called police to report that a boy was transported to the hospital by his mother and her boyfriend, and that the child was receiving emergency surgery. Fortunately, the child is expected to survive. 

The child’s mother and her boyfriend told police that the child was injured in a motel room in the 8000 block of E. Marginal Way S.  

Homicide and CSI detectives obtained a warrant and searched the room where the shooting occurred. After conducting extensive forensic investigation, and interviewing the child’s mother and her boyfriend, detectives believe that the toddler’s injuries were the result of the child handling a loaded handgun. 

Detectives will be pursuing a felony weapons violation against the mother’s boyfriend. He is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms.