Albany mayor weighs in on shooting involving two children: ‘This is unacceptable’

Police: Child, 6, shot 3-year-old

Police: Child, 6, shot 3-year-old in Albany in an accident.

Albany Police on Wednesday confirmed that a 3-year-old was shot Tuesday by a 6-year-old in the home.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at a home at Lark Drive and Manning Boulevard.

The child obtained the gun and it fired, striking the 3-year-old, police spokeswoman Megan Craft said.

The child was stable, police said Wednesday.

Police are not releasing further details and have made no mention of an arrest in the case.

“I have asked the police chief to investigate this and to determine what, if any, charges can be brought in this situation,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Sheehan pointed to a city ordinance passed in 2015 that requires gun owners to lock guns inside a home. New York State passed a safe storage law in 2019. Under that law, gun owners face a misdemeanor charge if they don’t properly lock their guns and keep them from children living in the home.

The Times Union is reporting that the 6-year-old is the victim’s brother who found the gun in a backpack and did not realize it was a real weapon.

Albany Police said they were not available for an on-camera interview Wednesday.