Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania are investigating the tragic death of a 2-month-old girl on Christmas Eve. The infant died from a single gunshot wound. According to police, the gun belongs to one of the child’s family members.
“Obviously, we are investigating exactly how it took place,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. “Not sure I can really articulate just how tragic it is that a 2-month-old baby was shot dead on Christmas Eve.”
Emergency responders tried to revive the child, but she was later pronounced dead at Lancaster General Hospital.
Authorities report that the suspected shooter is a male family member. He and all other family members are fully cooperating with police. It is not known at this time whether the shooting was intentional or accidental. The investigation is ongoing. A police statement says that until more information is gathered, no charges will be pressed.
If the child’s death is indeed ruled a homicide, she will be the third Lancaster child under the age of two to be killed this year.
Lancaster County coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantori will reportedly rule on the cause and manner of death after the autopsy. Lancaster police ensured the public that the shooting is an isolated incident and that there is no greater public safety concern.