Update: Toddler dies after shooting himself in the head

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 3-year-old boy has died after he apparently shot himself in the head. Detectives believe the boy shot himself after pulling the gun off a kitchen counter. It happened Saturday evening around 6 p.m. at a home on East 68th Street near Kingsley Drive.

The boy was transported to Riley Hospital for Child at IU Health where he died as a result of his injuries. The boy’s parents and 4-year-old sister were also home at the time. According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, a 911 caller said “a gun went off and struck a child.”

The investigation is still ongoing. Detectives still have a lot of questions as they try to figure out why was a loaded gun was sitting on the counter within reach of a small child.  The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case once the investigation is complete.

“No one likes to report these sorts of things during this holiday season, especially when we’re talking about someone who’s as young as 3 years old,” Wilburn said.

Police also questioned the boy’s parents and older sister. Stay with FOX59.com for the latest information as this investigation continues.

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