Man, 5-year-old shot dead in Eaton County; second child hospitalized


DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — A man and a child were shot and killed in a home west of Lansing and a second child seriously injured, Eaton County authorities say.

Deputies were called to an address on Old River Trail in reference to a shooting around 11 p.m. Tuesday. There, they found a 40-year-old man and 5-year-old girl both dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

A 3-year-old boy who had also been shot was alive. Deputies started first aid and the toddler was rushed to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

Neighbors told WLNS, WOOD TV8’s Lansing sister station, that the children’s mother also lived at the home. Her whereabouts are unknown.

One neighbor said the family had lived in the area for less than a year.

Investigators remained at the home Wednesday morning. They did not believe there was a continuing threat to the public.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wanted to thank Delta EMS, Michigan State Police, MSU Police, and the MSP Crime Lab for their assistance at the emotional scene.

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