Tuesday night around 6 p.m., Lubbock Police were called to the scene of an accidental shooting in the 2500 block of 71st St.

EMS then rushed a 5-year-old child with a gunshot wound in the chest to Covenant Medical Center.

Not long after, the child was pronounced dead.

According to police, one sibling and both parents were at home at the time of the shooting.

It was not immediately clear if the child fired the weapon or if someone else did, but Wednesday morning KAMC News reported the child’s father was cleaning the rifle unaware that it was loaded when it discharged, sending a bullet through the wall and striking the child in the chest.

No names have been released at this time.

Lubbock Police Sergeant Jason Lewis issued a statement to KAMC:

"Unfortunately, a child did die after being transported to Covenant Women and Children's from a gun shot wound. It appears to be accidental but we have steps that we have to take."

Lewis said detectives with the Juvenile Crimes unit were called out to the scene to investigate.

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