Los Angeles police are investigating a North Hills couple on suspicion of negligence after their 2-year-old son was shot to death by his 7-year-old brother with a handgun left unlocked in a closet.
Detectives questioned Darren Eugene Ellis, 36, and Ebony Aiesha Ellis, 24, after the Friday evening shooting in their apartment in the 16700 block of Parthenia Street.
According to a preliminary investigation, a 9-year-old found the .40-caliber handgun in a closet and took it into a bedroom where his siblings were playing, said Det. Floyd Walton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division. The parents were home but were in another part of the residence, Walton said.
The 7-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old brother, Enjae Rugley, once in the left temple and Darren Ellis, who was in another part of the apartment, came running, Walton said. The father called 911 and tried to revive the boy. The toddler was pronounced dead at a hospital.