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10-year-old shoots father with 9mm to stop fight, protect mother (Michigan)

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - A 10-year-old boy shot his father in the back during a fight with the boy's mother.

According to WWJ TV in Detroit:
Detroit police say a 10-year-old boy was questioned after shooting his father in an attempt to break up fight between his mother and father, early Monday morning on the city’s west side.

The child told police that when he was unable to stop his parents from arguing, he went to the back room and got a gun.

"Prior to their arrival there was an altercation between an adult male and adult female inside the location. During that altercation, the young man at the scene became concerned, apparently, for his mother's safety. He stated that he picked up a gun and it accidentally went off at that time," Detroit Police Captain Nick Kyriacou said.

The father, who was shot in the back, was taken to a local hospital. He is in critical condition and may be paralyzed.

The boy was released into the custody of a family member.

It's almost unheard of for a gun to go off accidentally. It's possible that the gun went off sooner than the boy expected but there is no doubt that he was trying to protect his mother and was concerned for her safety.

Someone purporting to be the boy's aunt, the father's sister, called a local radio station and said:

"It shouldn’t happen... and it wasn’t like that he was in there beating her," said the woman, who did not give her name. "They had an argument and they got to fighting - and I don’t know where that gun came from. I don’t know where that gun came from and it shouldn't have been in the house."

So he wasn't beating her but they had an argument that turned into a fight? Is it just me or once you start physically fighting with your spouse you've entered the domestic violence zone?

As for what the gun was doing there? Well, ma'am, they live in Detroit so they definitely need a gun in the house.