Boy, 3, dies after accidentally shooting himself in chest at birthday party

A three-year-old boy has tragically died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest during his birthday celebrations.

The toddler was killed in Porter, Texas, on Saturday, after discovering a weapon belonging to a family member and accidentally discharging it on himself.

Tragedy unfolded while the other family members were playing a game of cards when they heard the sound of a gunshot and then discovered the horrifying scene.

Reports have suggested the gun had fallen from the pocket of one of the family members – with the toddler discovering before the accident.

The unnamed boy was rushed to a nearby fire station as the family made a dash for the closest source of help – but he sadly died of his wound when they reached the building.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident.”

The statement gave a run down of the events leading up to the tragic moment when the police arrived on the scene.

It read: “Upon arrival, it was learned there was a three-year-old male child with a gunshot wound.

  • Brit expat 'had sex with wife then stabbed her 11 times in frenzied attack'

“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.”

It is believed that almost 39,000 children and teenagers die of gun-related incidents in the USA each year, according to the American Journal of Medicine.

The statistics – studying deaths between 1999 and 2017 – counted 6,500 deaths among children ages 5 to 14 and nearly 32,500 deaths for those aged between 15 and 18.

Only five per cent of the recorded deaths were deemed “unintentional”, while 61 per cent were ruled to be the result of fatal assault.

Source: Read Full Article