Police in Dnipro established the circumstances in which a 6-year-old child was shot. It turned out that the boy was shot by his own age child while playing with a gun. The parents of the victim initially lied to the law enforcement agencies. This was reported during a press conference by the head of the communications department of the National Police in the Dnipro region, according to “Most-Dnepr”.
About fifty police officers were engaged in examination of the territory and questioning the witnesses of the incident within days. Law enforcers were alarmed that the number of witnesses were confused in their testimony. According to the results of covert operative-investigative measures, the police found out that the child was injured during child’s play with a weapon.
It was found that on that day the injured child with his mother was visiting friends, where there was another 7-year-old boy. At the time, when the children were left alone, and adults moved to the kitchen, the eldest child shot the younger one.
"The boy's parents were simply afraid, so they told the story that this happened on the street. We are carrying out the investigation, as 7-year-old child cannot be the subject of criminal proceeding. At the moment, the gun from which the shot was fired, was removed and qualified in the case as evidence. There will be further examination in order to prove that the shot was fired from this weapon,” it was reported by the police.
Today, the criminal proceeding was opened under Part. 1, Art. 121 of the Criminal Code ("Intentional serious bodily injury"). Nevertheless, the law enforcement agencies do not rule out re-qualification of proceeding under Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Careless serious or moderate bodily injury").
The testing of persons involved in the perjury is also underway.
Today, according to the chief doctor of the Dnipro regional children's hospital, the boy is in the neurosurgical department. Parents were permitted to see him. The child is able to eat on his own and will be released from the hospital soon.
As it was reported earlier, a 6-year-old boy was shot in the middle of the street in Dnipro city. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest.