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16-month-old Lafayette boy fatally shot by 5-year-old sibling

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 28, 2023

LAFAYETTE — A 16-month-old child boy that was shot and killed at a Lafayette apartment on Tuesday was killed by his 5-year-old sibling, according to police.

The shooting killed Isiah Johnson, Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello said.

The shooting at the Romney Meadows apartment complex in Lafayette was reported around 3 p.m., Lafayette Police Lt. Matt Gard said.

According to police, the boy's five-year-old sibling was able to gain access to the gun in the apartment.

A call of a child not breathing did not come from someone inside the apartment at the time the shot was fired, and no resuscitation was performed by first responders at the scene, Gard said.

“There was one adult and two children inside the apartment,” Gard said. All three have been interviewed by investigators.

No arrests have been made, Gard said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday to determine the boy’s cause and manner of death. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact the Lafayette Police Department at (765) 807-1200, or the WeTip Hotline at (800)78-CRIME.