An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot Tuesday night in Suitland, Md., according to the Prince George County Police Department.
The shooting happened around 6:40 p.m. at an apartment building located in the 3000 block of Bellamy Way.
PGPD Spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said the child was being watched by a 33-year-old veteran. She said the veteran was putting away a gun in the same room when it went off and shot the child.
Donelan said the man then drove the child to the hospital at nearby Joint Base Andrews. She told WUSA9 that doctors at that hospital were then able to stabilize the child and transfer him to Children's Hospital for surgery.
At this point, police believe the shooting was accidental. Donelan said the man is also cooperating with police. She added that authorities currently have no reason to believe the gun did not belong to the man.
The family of the 11-year-old released the following statement Wednesday evening:
"We would like to thank those who have reached out to us during this difficult time. We are currently still processing what has happened as our beloved family member remains in critical condition.
At this time, we are going to limit our comments as the Prince George’s County Police Department continues their investigation into this incident. If any further comments are warranted, we will be making them at the appropriate time.
As you can imagine, the attention has been overwhelming for us.
Also, we would like to remain anonymous and ask for privacy as we deal with this incident.
We ask for everyone’s prayers as a beloved family member goes through these next 24 hours."