Boy, 3, Dead After Finding Gun at Dad's Store
Toddler shot himself while father's attention was diverted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2016 12:24 PM CST
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(Newser) – A 3-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun he found behind the counter of his father's Lumberton, NC, convenience store. The boy was at the store with his father, Manal Abdelziz of Laurinburg, on Sunday morning and found the gun under the cash register, police said. The father's attention had been diverted momentarily when the weapon went off, and the boy was later pronounced dead at the hospital. It is illegal to have an unsecured gun in the presence of a child, and the Robeson County District Attorney's Office will decide whether charges are filed.

 

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