30 Jan

Toddler dead after getting ahold of loaded gun

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — A 4-year-old child died Saturday afternoon after he found a loaded gun and accidentally shot himself in the head.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at a home on N. Athol Avenue near Dunland Road in Southwest Baltimore.

The mother of the child was at home at the time of the incident and was the one who dialed 911.

Some neighbors we spoke with in the Uplands community are grieving.

“That’s terrible. A 4-year old child period.. to get ahold of a gun?” said neighbor Tania Brown.

Investigators are ruling his death as an accidental death.

“It’s a hurting thing when it’s an adult, and then a pre-teen, and now a child? A child that can’t even spell gun. And his life was taken away from him like that,” said neighbor James Adams.

The identities of those involved have not been released at this time.

Police say it is unclear how the child got ahold of the gun or what type of weapon was used.

According to a report by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, 311 children age 14 and younger were killed in unintentional shootings between 2007 and 2011. That’s an average of 62 children per year.

The report also states that an estimated 660 children are hospitalized each year with non-fatal, unintentional firearm injuries. Also, about a third of American children live in homes with firearms, and of these households, 43% contain at least one unlocked firearm.

No charges have been filed in this case.

Stay with FOX 45 as more details become available.