Update: Arrest made in accidental shooting death of 4-year-old in Little Rock

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Saturday Update:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of a child.

4-year-old Tyler Burnett died yesterday.

As a result of the investigation into the shooting, 27-year-old Reco Reed is charged with manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a minor, and tampering with evidence.

Little Rock police responded to Labette Manor Apartments Friday just after noon.

There they found Tyler suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say initial statements to officers and detectives of how the accidental shooting occurred were inconsistent and it appeared evidence from the scene had been removed.  

Investigators say the child’s wound is believed to have been self-inflicted.
In addition to Reed, two other children and the children’s mother were in the apartment at the time of the shooting. 

Reco Reed is being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Police say the victim in a Friday afternoon shooting at an apartment complex was a 4-year-old boy.

The Little Rock Police Department also confirms that the incident was for certain an accident.

Investigators are still working to determine exactly how it happened.

“This is a terrible tragedy. It hurts as a community. It hurts as a police department and the family now involved. It’s going to be a terrible time for them and us, so we just ask that we give everyone space through this process,” said Ofc. Eric Barnes, LRPD spokesman.

Officer Barnes told us that family members were inside the apartment when the shooting happened.

“We didn’t even hear gunshots, that’s the thing. We didn’t hear a gunshot, we heard the screaming,” says Lavern Foster, who lives in the complex. “Screaming, screaming, us running around everybody because they said they were calling 911.”

Before sirens arrived, Foster says she ran towards those screams coming from Building G.

“When I got over there, the girls were running screaming with the baby. By the time I got back up to the door where she was standing with the baby, there was people everywhere…confusion,” Foster explains.

“Early indications and statements were made on the 911 call this was an accidental shooting,” Ofc. Barnes adds. “Some of the statements that were originally made are somewhat inconsistent.” 

He says the child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The death was heartbreaking for Foster.

“God is a good God and a loving God and that baby should not be gone from here…he should not be gone..he shouldn’t be gone,” she says.

Trinity Multifamily released the following statement:

Trinity Multifamily is deeply saddened by today’s accident that occurred at Westbridge Apartments. We will continue to work alongside the investigators and help in any way we can.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  A child has died in a shooting at an apartment complex on the city’s west side.

The Little Rock Police Department confirmed the boy’s death in a news conference Friday afternoon soon after the incident had been reported in the 2100 block of Labette Manor Drive. The scene is the Westbridge Apartments. The full news conference is below.

The LRPD says the victim was aged 4 to 6 and that the incident was possibly accidental. They say the child died after being taken to the hospital.

The shooting was reported around 12:15.

More details to come.

Original story:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock Police confirm there’s been a shooting in the 2100 block of Labette Manor Drive. 

The victim may possibly be a child.

The incident was reported shortly after noon Friday.

We have a crew on the way and we’ll share more information shortly.

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