TACOMA, Wash. – A 3-year-old boy accidentally killed himself with a gun as another child sat next to him in a car, police in Tacoma reported Wednesday, the third recent shooting of a child in Washington state.
The car was parked at a gas station just after midnight Wednesday when the boy’s mom got out to buy some items and her boyfriend went to fuel the car, leaving his gun inside, NBC affiliate KING5 TV reported.
Police believe the boy then got out of a car seat, grabbed the gun and shot himself. The man’s daughter was also in the car, though she was not hurt.
The family, who have not been identified by police, is believed to be from the Tacoma area and the boyfriend does have a concealed weapons permit, KING5 reported.
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