California toddler, 2, dies after shooting himself with pistol while the parents were out

California toddler, 2, dies after shooting himself with pistol while the parents were out

A 2-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a pistol.

The toddler's parents were out at the time and he was being cared for by two other adults who were thought to be family friends. The boy was in his bedroom when the shooting took place, police said ABC station KFSN.

Fresno Police Department Lieutenant Rob Beck said it was not clear who owned the gun. By the time this happened, two adults were in the house with the child. None of them are the parents of the child.

"You have to, if you have firearms in the house, they must be locked and out of reach of children," Beck said.

The police were called to Audubon Drive on Saturday after the shootings were reported. They received a search warrant for the property. The boy was taken to the hospital, but did not survive.

Neighbor Wendy Kulterman told KFSN that the family lived there for about six months. She said that they mostly thought of themselves, but sometimes she could hear children playing. "I have grandchildren and you just think I do not want that," Kulterman said. "The only thing we know about them is this tragedy, and that's what we come closest to, it's terrible."

According to gunviolencearchive.org, this is the 12th kid killed by a gun in the US in July.

The Fresno Police Department did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Unfortunately, cases of small children who get weapons are not uncommon. In May, a two-year-old boy accidentally shot himself dead in Virginia after finding a gun in his home. A police officer reported the shooting at noon on May 19, after a man and a woman in a car struck the officer and told him that their son had shot himself.

The officer called emergency workers to take the boy to the hospital. Doctors announced the two-year death shortly before 13.00 clock. No charges were filed at the time, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

In March, a 2-year-old boy from Alabama shot and killed his 1-year-old brother after finding his parents' loaded 9-mm gun in their bedroom. Mobile Chief of Police Lawrence Battiste said the boys' mother had just stepped out of the house to tell her grandmother that she was leaving. Moments later, the 2-year-old came to tell his grandmother that his ears were ringing.

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