Detroit 3-year-old shot while playing with 'assault-style rifle', police say

A 3-year-old girl is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound she suffered while playing with another child Thursday morning. 

Detroit police say the child was listed in temporary serious condition after undergoing surgery for the injury. They first responded to a home in the 9500 block of Littlefield near Chicago and Schaffer on the city's west side for the shooting.

During an update Thursday afternoon, Detroit Police Capt. Michael Chambers said the 3-year-old girl and another child were playing with a loaded and unsecured gun when the girl was shot.

Chambers said the girl was shot in the stomach and thigh and is in the hospital.

Chambers said the girl and another child, believed to be 4, were playing with an ‘assault type rifle’ when it went off. Chambers said the gun was recovered at another location. 

The shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. and the girl was driven to the hospital in a private car. When police were called to the hospital, they learned the exact location and arrived at that home around 2:30 Thursday morning.

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According to police, the girl was taken to Henry Ford Hospital with the injury before she was taken to Children's Hospital for surgery. She remains at the hospital, but is alert and playing around, police said.

Police have since towed the SUV that the girl was transported in as they investigate. 

The incident follows a deadly weekend in Detroit that left seven people dead from gun violence