3-year-old boy fatally shoots his brother, 2, after finding gun in mom's purse, police say

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A three-year-old boy accidentally shot his two-year-old brother with a gun he found in his mother's purse, leading to the younger child's tragic death. The incident unfolded in Gary, Indiana, and has sparked both grief and a call for greater firearm safety awareness.

Gary police received a distressing call on Friday night, reporting a gunshot victim who was just two years old. The child's mother provided a harrowing account to officers, revealing that her three-year-old son had discovered the firearm in her purse after she briefly left the room.

Tragically, in what can only be described as a heartbreaking accident, the three-year-old discharged the weapon, striking his younger brother. Despite immediate medical attention, the two-year-old succumbed to his injuries, NBC News reports.

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The Lake County Prosecutor's Homicide Task Force has taken charge of the investigation into this devastating incident, which occurred within the confines of a Gary residence. The investigation aims to determine whether there was any negligence involved or if the incident was indeed a profoundly unfortunate accident.

Gary Police Cmdr. Sam Roberts emphasized the role of criminal investigations in such cases, with findings presented to the Lake County prosecutor, who ultimately decides whether the incident resulted from negligence or tragic circumstances. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the importance of firearm safety, especially when children are present in the home.

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Mayor Jerome A. Prince and Gary Police Chief Anthony Titus have jointly highlighted the critical need for adults to take immediate action in securing firearms and other potentially dangerous devices that could end up in the hands of innocent children. They stressed the use of gun boxes or gun locks as vital measures to prevent such tragic accidents from occurring.

In a joint statement, Mayor Prince and Chief Titus conveyed their condolences and sympathy, stating, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the loved ones of the two-year-old child who was so tragically taken from our community."

This heartbreaking incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of responsible gun ownership and safety. It emphasizes the need for adults to take proactive steps to secure firearms and ensure they are out of reach for curious and impressionable young children. Such tragedies are devastating and entirely preventable through responsible firearm storage and handling.

As the investigation continues, the community mourns the loss of the two-year-old child and reflects on the urgent need for heightened awareness and action in preventing similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Featured image credit: RgStudio / Getty

3-year-old boy fatally shoots his brother, 2, after finding gun in mom's purse, police say

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By VT

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A three-year-old boy accidentally shot his two-year-old brother with a gun he found in his mother's purse, leading to the younger child's tragic death. The incident unfolded in Gary, Indiana, and has sparked both grief and a call for greater firearm safety awareness.

Gary police received a distressing call on Friday night, reporting a gunshot victim who was just two years old. The child's mother provided a harrowing account to officers, revealing that her three-year-old son had discovered the firearm in her purse after she briefly left the room.

Tragically, in what can only be described as a heartbreaking accident, the three-year-old discharged the weapon, striking his younger brother. Despite immediate medical attention, the two-year-old succumbed to his injuries, NBC News reports.

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Credit: Douglas Sacha / Getty

The Lake County Prosecutor's Homicide Task Force has taken charge of the investigation into this devastating incident, which occurred within the confines of a Gary residence. The investigation aims to determine whether there was any negligence involved or if the incident was indeed a profoundly unfortunate accident.

Gary Police Cmdr. Sam Roberts emphasized the role of criminal investigations in such cases, with findings presented to the Lake County prosecutor, who ultimately decides whether the incident resulted from negligence or tragic circumstances. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the importance of firearm safety, especially when children are present in the home.

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Credit: JazzIRT / Getty

Mayor Jerome A. Prince and Gary Police Chief Anthony Titus have jointly highlighted the critical need for adults to take immediate action in securing firearms and other potentially dangerous devices that could end up in the hands of innocent children. They stressed the use of gun boxes or gun locks as vital measures to prevent such tragic accidents from occurring.

In a joint statement, Mayor Prince and Chief Titus conveyed their condolences and sympathy, stating, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the loved ones of the two-year-old child who was so tragically taken from our community."

This heartbreaking incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of responsible gun ownership and safety. It emphasizes the need for adults to take proactive steps to secure firearms and ensure they are out of reach for curious and impressionable young children. Such tragedies are devastating and entirely preventable through responsible firearm storage and handling.

As the investigation continues, the community mourns the loss of the two-year-old child and reflects on the urgent need for heightened awareness and action in preventing similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Featured image credit: RgStudio / Getty