Young child dies from gunshot wound in Van Wert County

Authorities in Van Wert County are investigating a shooting that left a young child dead.

According to Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach, deputies were called to a location in Middle Point just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon on reports of a young child with a gunshot wound. The child was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita's hospital by Middle Point EMS and was pronounced dead. The Van Wert County Coroner's Office also assisted at the scene. The sheriff says the incident remains under investigation.

Press Release from the Van Wert County Sheriff: Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released that his Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in Middle Point Thursday. Sheriff Riggenbach stated his Office received a 911 call at 1339 hours about a young child with a gunshot wound. The child was transported to St. Rita’s hospital by Middle Point EMS and was pronounced dead at St. Rita’s. Sheriff Riggenbach said the incident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office.

 

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