Arizona Child Dies After Shooting Himself With Father’s Misplaced Gun

A 3-year old boy died Friday night after he found his father’s misplaced gun and shot himself, the Arizona Star reported.

Police were called to a home in Sahuarita, Ariz., where the boy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Officer Philip Steele, a spokesman for the Sahuarita Police Department.

The child had found his father’s gun and shot himself in the face. The firearm was “inadvertently misplaced,” according to Steele, and did not have a safety latch.

The shooting was accidental and no one was charged, according to the newspaper.

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