MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a shooting that injured a toddler in St. Cloud on Monday appears to be accidental as the boy shot himself due to negligent storage of a firearm.
Police are seeking the child’s 28-year-old father in connection with the incident.
St. Cloud police responded at about 11:17 a.m. Monday to a report of a child bleeding on the 1500 block of 15th Avenue SE. Officers were notified that a woman had brought her 3-year-old child to the hospital after he had suffered a gunshot wound.
Authorities say the child suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Through investigation, police say it appears the shooting was accidental due to negligent storage of a firearm. Authorities said they believe the child accidentally shot himself with a loaded firearm that was within his reach. The boy is still hospitalized in stable condition.
Authorities are looking for the child’s father, identified as William Deandre Dickerson, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and negligent storage of a firearm.
St. Cloud police said Tuesday they’ve located Dickerson’s vehicle, but they are still searching for him.
The case remains under investigation.