A two-year-old boy has died in St. Louis, Missouri after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
A two-year-old boy died in St. Louis, Missouri, last Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
Police arrived at the 900 block of Melvin Drive around 1 p.m. following reports of a shooting in the neighborhood.
Upon arrival, officers found a boy bleeding profusely and rushed him to the hospital in a police van.
Acting St. Louis Police Department Chief Michael Sack explained that this was “because the estimated arrival time for the ambulance was going to be too long.”
Along the way they linked up with an ambulance, which completed the journey to the hospital emergency room, however police confirmed the boy had died on Wednesday afternoon.
Sack expressed his horror later that day, speaking outside the property where the shooting occurred: “This is just a terrible tragedy that should never have happened.”
“Guns are inherently dangerous. There are several in our community. All of us who own firearms or who have firearms must be responsible with their care and use,” he added.
Sack added that at least one member of the boy’s family was present when the shooting occurred, but it is not clear if this included an adult.
“This is just a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” interim police Chief Michael Sack told reporters outside the home.https://t.co/ecDTn91YJK
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The interim police chief urged parents to keep firearms safe and out of the reach of children, noting that the St. Louis Police Department has free gun locks available to the public.
He commented: “Keeping a gun out of the reach of a young child, while not as secure as a gun lock, is better than leaving it in a low area where a child can access it.”
In a statement sent to local television network 5 On Your Side, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones expressed her horror at what happened.
She said: “Losing a child is the greatest fear of any parent, and we must do everything we can to protect our babies.
“Gun locks are available for pickup at fire stations, police stations and city libraries, and I encourage parents to get involved with Educators For Gun Safety for more information.”