Coroner: 2-year-old shot, killed himself after finding gun inside Fairmount home

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FAIRMOUNT, Ind. — A 2-year-old boy shot and killed himself Tuesday after finding a gun inside a home in Fairmount, Indiana, according to the Grant County coroner.

At about 12:15 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of North Main Street in response to shots fired.

Officers arrived to find the child unresponsive.

Police and medical personnel began resuscitation efforts, and the 2-year-old was taken to Marion General Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

The child was identified Wednesday as Leighton Owings.

“It is reported that the toddler located a handgun inside the home and discharged it striking him,” wrote the coroner in a release.

Police say the gun is a Ruger 9mm handgun. The boy’s mother was in the front room of the residence feeding her infant child at the time of the shooting.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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