3-year-old boy dies in Florida after shooting himself in the face with his parents’ gun
A 3 year old child has died at his home in Florida (USA) after accidentally shooting himself in the face with a gun belonging to his parents and that he had found in the parents’ bedroom. According to the authorities of Volusia County, where the events occurred, the agents went last Wednesday to the parents’ bedroom and found the gun in the parents’ bedroom. a home in the city of DeLand after receiving “one of the worst calls imaginable.”
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood explained at a press conference that it was. the 16-year-old boy’s sisterwho alerted authorities that her 3-year-old brother had shot himself and was not breathing.
The parents had left their teenage daughter in the care of her two other siblings.two boys aged 7 and 3, while they were shopping in a supermarket.
At one point, the 3-year-old minor entered his parents’ bedroom and pulled a 9 mm pistol from the nightstand drawerand accidentally shot himself. The sheriff pointed out that the trigger of such a gun needs only two kilos of pressure to pull it easily.
According to Chitwood, the presence of a firearm in the house was due to the father’s profession, a correctional officer. from the state of Florida, who normally kept his guns in a safe in the bedroom. However, the electronic locking function of the safe had stopped working, so they decided to place the guns on the kitchen refrigerator and on his bedside table.
So far this year, there have been at least. 20 unintentional shootings by children.with 9 deaths and 12 wounded, according to data from the association Everytown for Gun Safety, as reported by the U.S. media CBS.
In the aftermath, Chitwood said. the case will be thoroughly investigated and will be submitted to the State Attorney’s office for review. “To all parents who have guns: if you have young children, even teenagers, you should lock them up because you don’t know what can happen,” he warned.