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Toddler critically injured in accidental shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A toddler in Las Vegas, United States was hospitalised in critical condition after finding a gun on a daycare playground that had been discarded by a teenage suspect fleeing the scene of a nearby shooting, authorities announced on Friday.

Deputy Police Chief Reggie Radar said the toddler, who is under the age of five, “found the firearm, picked it up, and the firearm discharged, injuring the toddler”.

Radar said the toddler was in stable but critical condition on Friday afternoon. Police officers found the suspect in the area of the daycare in northeastern Las Vegas and took him into custody. Radar said it wasn’t immediately clear what charges the suspect will face but that the police department was consulting with the local district attorney’s office about “all applicable charges” and whether he will be charged as an adult.

Radar did not identify the suspect, who he said was younger than 18.

He said the teenager had been fleeing after shooting a man on a city bus when he jumped over a wall and into the daycare’s playground area. The victim in that shooting also was hospitalised and was stable on Friday, Radar said.