3-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Himself With Uncle’s Gun In Florida

A 3-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida fatally shot himself with his uncle’s gun on Tuesday evening, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The boy found the 9mm gun in a backpack in the bedroom he shared with his 29-year-old uncle, Jeffrey D. Walker, and accidentally discharged it.

Walker was arrested Tuesday and charged with culpable negligence. He held a concealed weapons permit, authorities told the Tampa Bay Times.

The boy’s parents, Jasmine Bell, 21, and Trentin Speights, 22, were in their bedroom at the time of the shooting.

This comes a day after a 13-year-old shot his 6-year-old sister, also in Florida.

Correction: The 6-year-old girl shot by her 13-year-old brother in Florida on Monday survived and is now “improving,” per the Sun Sentinel. We regret the error.

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