8-year-old shot and killed Wednesday identified, officials give safety tips for gun owners

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A young boy died after being accidentally shot in the chest in Peoria on Wednesday.

Thursday, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the boy as 8-year-old Jordin Wilson.

Spokesperson for the Peoria Police Department Amy Dotson said Wilson was shot around 4 p.m. in the area of N Maryland St. and E Archer Ave. The initial call that was made said the boy was shot with a BB gun, however, when police arrived they learned Wilson had a gunshot wound to the chest. Police then found that children were handling a handgun.

Wilson was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria with life-threatening injuries, Dotson said.

Harwood said Wilson was pronounced deceased at 4:48 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for later Thursday.

The caliber of the weapon and the shooting is still under investigation by the PPD. The case remains under investigation by the PPD and the Peoria County Coroner’s Office.

“Your heart breaks for the loss of a child, the innocence of a child through a means of something that could’ve been prevented,” Harwood tells WMBD.

Less than an hour after police arrived to the scene, 8-year-old Jordin Wilson’s life was gone.

In an effort to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future, WMBD reached out to Peoria Police to find out what gun owners can do to keep people safe.

“Keep them unloaded and the ammunition separate from the gun and locked up,” said spokesperson Amy Dotson.

Dotson encourages adults who have children and guns in the house, to talk to their kids about gun safety. She says this helps them to understand a gun is not a toy.

“Never touch a gun, always treat it as if it’s loaded, if you’re at a house and your friend shows you a gun, don’t touch it, get out of the room. Tell an adult,” Dotson said.

Dotson says the origin of the gun and how it got into the hands of children is still under investigation.

Both Harwood and Dotson tell WMBD another safety tip for gun owners is to get a biometric safe with fingerprint scanning. They say this keeps anyone other than the gun owner from getting in touch with a weapon that could be deadly.

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