UPDATE: 4-Year-Old Accidentally Fires Weapon In South Bend Killing 1-Year-Old Sibling

Jun 18, 2020

(FILE)

NEW:

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released new information on the shooting and killing of a child Thursday in South Bend. Investigators believe a 4-year-old child accidentally fired on a 1-year-old sibling.

(You can read the full release on what happened below.) 

St. Joseph County –An autopsy was conducted today for the deceased victim of yesterday’s shooting on Leland Avenue. The victim has been identified as Javion Sexton, B/M, 1 year old. After the autopsy, the forensic pathologist determined his cause of death to be gunshot wound and his manner of death to be accidental.

At approximately 11:54 a.m. yesterday, June 18th, South Bend Police Department officers
(SBPD) were dispatched to the 600 block of Leland Avenue, South Bend, in reference to a
shooting. Prior to officers’ arrival, a family member of the child transported the child to the hospital. Shortly after arrival, officers were notified by dispatch that a young gunshot victim was brought to the hospital and admitted with life-threatening injuries.

Upon arrival at the hospital, officers were able to confirm that the young child, Javion
Sexton, was the shooting victim from Leland Avenue. The St. Joseph County Metro
Homicide Unit (CMHU) was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation. Javion
subsequently died yesterday afternoon from his injuries.

Initial indications are that Javion Sexton was struck after the accidental discharge of a
firearm by a four year old sibling.

This remains an active and on-going CMHU investigation, with assistance from the St.
Joseph County Special Victims Unit (SVU). No arrests have been made nor charges filed
in connection with this investigation. We will provide more information to the media as
we are able to do so.

ORIGINAL POST:  

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a shooting death this morning in South Bend that has left a young child dead. 

(You can read more information released by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office on this case below.) 

St. Joseph County –At approximately 11:54 a.m., South Bend Police Department officers
(SBPD) were dispatched to the 600 block of Leland Avenue, South Bend, in reference to a
shooting. Prior to officers’ arrival, a family member of the child transported the child to the hospital. Shortly after arrival, officers were notified by dispatch that a young gunshot victim was brought to the hospital and admitted with life-threatening injuries.

Upon arrival at the hospital, officers were able to confirm that the young child was the
shooting victim from Leland Avenue. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation.

Investigators have learned that the young child was pronounced deceased this afternoon.

The name and age of the child are being withheld pending family notification.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, June 19th, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This remains an active and on-going CMHU investigation, with assistance from the St.
Joseph County Special Victims Unit (SVU). No arrests have been made nor charges filed in connection with this investigation. We will provide more information to the media as we are able to do so.