CINCINNATI -- An 8-year-old boy is dead after his older brother accidentally shot him in the chest at a home in East Price Hill, police said.
Emergency crews were called to the 3600 block of La Salle Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. to investigate the shooting. Once on the scene, police say they found the child suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest.
“We walked into the front door here, into the kitchen area, and the child was laying on his back with a gunshot wound to his chest,” according to Sgt. Jim Perkins with the Cincinnati Police Department. "He was conscious and alert at that time, (but then) he started going in and out of consciousness."
Medics took the child to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. After being rushed into emergency surgery, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police identified the victim as Sammy Lorenzo.
Lorenzo and two of his brothers, 9 and 10, were visiting with their 19-year-old uncle at the time of the shooting, according to Perkins.
One of the brothers found the loaded firearm and fired the fatal shot, according to Perkins.
Additional details about the shooting were not released but Perkins said they're treating the matter as an "accidental shooting" involving a handgun.
The 19-year-old was taken to District 3 headquarters for questioning. He doesn't speak English so there was an initial language barrier, Perkins said.
Through the assistance of an interpreter, family members and neighbors, officers were able to determine the man was not in the room with the boys when the gun was fired.
Perkins said officers also spoke with both children to get more information on the matter.
It's unclear if charges will be filed.
Even though the shooting is considered an accident, the case was labeled a homicide in accordance with protocol, Perkins said. Homicide detectives continue their investigation.
WCPO will update this story as information is made available.