1 child dead, 1 child injured in shooting in Clewiston

Published: May 7, 2021 5:11 PM EDT
Updated: May 7, 2021 10:49 PM EDT

Clewiston Police Department and Hendry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a deadly shooting involving siblings in Clewiston Friday, with one child dead and another child injured.

According to HCSO, at approximately 2:54 p.m., Clewiston Police Department requested the Hendry County Major Crimes Unit to assist in a reported shooting involving the two young siblings.

Both children were immediately rushed to the hospital, where the 4-year-old was pronounced dead. The 5-year-old was airlifted and transported to a nearby trauma center, who was reportedly in critical condition.

“It appears that it may be accidental,” Sheriff Steve Whidden said. “But of course, we’re going to work it like it’s a homicide for now until we can figure out the facts of the case.”

Who the gun belongs to and who pulled the trigger are still questions left unanswered.

For the community, it’s impossible to know what the family is going through.

“That’d be some tough shoes to be in right now at this time,” Ed Mizelle said. “My heart and prayers go out to the family and everything.”

The community is sending its thoughts and prayers to a family experiencing one tragedy and holding onto hope another is avoided.

“Keep your chin up,” Anthony Howard said. “Things will come good your way. Keep the faith.”

Gender of the two children and nature of the shooting are not confirmed at this time.

“We are offering our sincerest condolences to the family of these young children,” Whidden said in an HCSO press release. “We are determined to provide every resource available to us to conduct this investigation to determine how this tragedy could have occurred.”