Child in critical condition following shooting in Danville

Child in critical condition following shooting in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville police are continuing their investigation into a shooting Saturday night that sent a five-year-old boy to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Danville's Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said the most recent update on the juvenile is that he remains in critical condition and Sunday afternoon was airlifted to St. Louis Children’s Hospital at the request of the parents.

“There have been no arrests in the incident,” Thomason said, in a news release Monday, “and detectives continue their investigation into the matter.”

According to a police report, officers were called to the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center emergency room in Danville at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a boy with a gunshot wound.

“The child was taken to the ER by private vehicle,” Thomason said. “Hospital staff alerted police. The five-year-old had a gunshot to the upper body.”

Thomason said police investigators believe the shooting took place in an apartment in the Belton Street area.

“It appears that another juvenile male, 10 years of age, was with the five-year-old, and a loaded weapon was being played with,” Thomason said.

Thomason said the boy underwent emergency surgery. No other information was being released on Sunday night, but Thomason said Danville police continue to investigate the incident.

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