Michigan Boy Dies After Mother Shoots Him and Then Herself—Police

A 10-year-old Michigan boy who was shot by his mother on Monday has died.

Ethan Anewishki, from Oceana County, was taken to Trinity Health Shelby Hospital and then airlifted by Aero Med helicopter to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital after his mother shot him at about 6:40 a.m. on July 25, according to an MLive report.

His 38-year-old mother, Melissa Anewishki, was confirmed dead at the scene after shooting herself. Police have now confirmed both of the deaths.

Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast initially described the incident as a "nightmare situation" and said the child was in an extremely critical condition at the hospital before his death.

A friend of the family said that Melissa Anewishki had been struggling with her mental health prior to the shooting, according to MLive. The friend didn't witness the shooting, but heard gunfire and called for help. No one else is believed to have been at the house during the shooting.

Newsweek has contacted the the Oceana County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Gun Violence

The 10-year-old's death comes a day after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive to allocate federal resources to local crime prevention efforts, notably gun violence, according to a WoodTV report.

Funding from the federal bipartisan Safer Communities Act will go to local law enforcement agencies and state government departments to curb rising gun violence.

Whitmer signed the directive in Kalamazoo, a city that has declared gun violence to be a public health crisis.

"When the biggest killer of children in this country is guns but elsewhere it's cancer, that tells you that this is a unique problem for our nation to solve," Whitmer said.

"Here in Michigan, we can take some steps to make it safer."

In a press release issued by the governor's office, she highlighted how important she considers it is to tackle gun violence.

"As a former prosecutor, public safety is a top priority for me," she said. "But today, far too many families in Michigan do not feel safe in their neighborhoods because of crime and gun violence.

"That is unacceptable, we must stop the violence and hold people accountable.

"We need to tackle both crime and gun violence simultaneously because they are inextricably linked—nearly 1 in 3 reported violent crimes involve a firearm and in the first six months of this year alone, over 450 Michiganders have died because of gun violence."

She closed by saying: "That's why I worked to give law enforcement the resources they need in my bipartisan budget.

"We have access to unprecedented federal resources that will help us keep Michiganders safe as they go to work, drop their kids off at school, or run errands in their neighborhoods. Let's work together to protect public safety and reduce crime and gun violence."

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A file photo of a crime scene. A 10-year old boy has died after being shot by his mother, who later shot herself, according to police. Getty