Suspect Arrested In Shooting Of Tucson 7 Year Old

The Tucson Police Department is investigating 23-year-old Francisco Fernandez in the shooting of a 7-year-old boy that occurred this week on Tucson’s Southside.

On April 27, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m., TPD officers responded to the report of a shooting at an apartment complex located at 6200 South Campbell Avenue. The caller stated that her son had been shot. As officers arrived on scene, they located family members outside with a 7-year-old child. The child had obvious signs of gunshot trauma to his lower back. Officers immediately began rendering first-aid using their Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) in an attempt to control the bleeding. Tucson Fire took over medical treatment and transported the child to the hospital with critical injuries.

Detectives with the Tucson Police Department’s Child Physical Abuse Unit responded to continue the investigation.

They were able to determine that the shooting took place inside of an apartment at the complex. The 7-year-old child does not live at the complex, but was with his family visiting his aunt and her boyfriend. While inside the apartment, the aunt’s boyfriend picked up a handgun. As he was handling the gun, a shot was fired, striking the 7-year-old in the back. Detectives interviewed everyone who was in the home at the time of the shooting and are not looking for anyone else involved. The 7-year-old is still hospitalized, but is in stable condition.

Detectives booked Fernandez into the Pima County Jail on one count each of Aggravated Assault, Child Abuse, Prohibited Possessor and a Felony Probation Warrant.

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