ST. LOUIS – Jermon Perry, a 7-year-old who was shot Saturday in south St. Louis, died late Saturday night. The shooting happened in the 3100 block of California around 2 p.m. Saturday. Police say the child was shot in the head.
Detectives say Perry and his brothers were on the second floor of their home and their parents were downstairs when one of the boys retrieved a gun from another room.
Police say the three children were playing and somehow the gun accidentally went off. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the family believes Jermon’s younger brother accidentally shot him after finding a gun while looking for candy . The paper also reports that the gun belongs to Jermon’s father, Jericho Perry, who did have a license to carry.
Firefighters tell FOX 2 that the child was barely conscious and breathing when they arrived on the scene. Perry was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Police say that homicide detectives are working on this case. Investigators are trying to figure out who was taking care of the kids, who the gun belongs to, and how the kids accessed the gun.