By Tara Rippin • 26 October 2020 • 17:17
Boy, 3, dies after accidentally shooting himself on his birthday.
THE toddler died from a gunshot wound after accidentally shooting himself in the chest in Texas on Saturday, October 24, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Officers were called to the child’s home in Porter, near Houston, just before 4pm, to conduct a “welfare check”.
They were informed of the shooting on arrival and the child was taken to a nearby fire station, where he died from his wounds.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement: “On October 24, 2020, at about 4:15 pm, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 23000 block of Owens Rd in Porter, Texas in reference to a Welfare Check.
“Upon arrival, it was learned there was a three-year-old male child with a gunshot wound. Family and friends had gathered earlier to celebrate the birthday of the three-year-old, and while playing cards, heard a gunshot.
“The child was located with a gunshot wound to the chest. During the investigation, it was learned the child found the pistol after it fell out of a family member’s pocket.
“The child was rushed to the nearest fire station where he succumbed to his wounds. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident.”
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