A 3-year-old boy was fatally shot Sunday afternoon inside a mobile home outside Michigan City.
LaPorte County and Michigan City police about 3:30 p.m. responded to Terrace Acres on U.S. 20 just west of Hitchcock Street.
Police were at the scene Sunday night investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting, said LaPorte County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman.
The child was shot in a single wide mobile home on Farmington Drive.
"Investigations like this take hours," Huffman said.
Huffman also said no arrests were made, but people were taken in for questioning as part of the investigation.
"It might be an accident. We don't know yet," Huffman said.
A relative of the boy, who did not want her name used, said she couldn't provide specifics on what occurred because she was instructed not to because the case is still being investigated.
"It was a really bad, tragic accident. It was nothing intentional," she said.
Huffman said there were people inside the home at the time of the shooting but he did not know who or whether any other children were there when it happened.
The victim lived inside the mobile home, Huffman said.
Wanda Wyse, 88, lives on Alpine Drive, not far from where the boy was shot.
She said she was in her living room and didn't hear a gun go off, but did hear the sirens from police vehicles and ambulance.
Wyse said a friend who lives close to where the shooting happened notified her about the boy's death.
"I was really shocked when she told me," said Wyse, who doesn't know the people who live where the shooting happened.