KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – The police have confirmed that a 3-year-old has died after shooting himself on Friday afternoon.
According to the police, the incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. in the 11300 block of Calico Drive at the Calico Farms apartment complex.
Police were called to the area when someone reported a shooting. On the way there, dispatch updated them and said that a 3-year-old had been accidentally shot and that his mother had taken him to the hospital.
Additional officers were then sent to the hospital where they talked to the child’s mother.
The 3-year-old died at the hospital from a single gunshot wound.
Officers at the scene on Calico Drive talked to an adult male with a 2-month-old child.
The early investigation revealed that the man and woman were both at the residence with the 3-year-old and 2-month-old when, somehow, the 3-year-old got a hold of an unsecured firearm and accidentally shot himself.
The police are continuing to investigate. They spent most of the afternoon searching the house, including the back yard.
People in the area don't know the family very well and said they haven't lived there very long. However, many of them told KCTV5 News they are praying for the family.
A woman who lives a few houses down said she feared the worst had happened when she saw so many police cars on her street.
"Somebody walked past and I asked them and they said a 3-year-old had gotten killed," Theresa Blackmon said. "I just started crying. It's terrible. I've been praying for them ever since I came outside. It's just sad."
The family hasn't been back to the town home since the shooting happened. Police haven't said whether either adult could face charges for leaving the gun out.