A three-year-old boy has died after he accidentally shot himself in the head with the family gun that he found in a drawer at his home in Aloha, Oregon, on Friday night.
A three-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head when he found a gun in a drawer at his home.
James Kenneth Lindquester found the loaded gun at his home in Aloha, Oregon, on Friday night and tragically pulled the trigger.
His family members called 911 in a panicked state. Yet the medics were unable to save his life on arrival.
Investigators say that the little boy passed away two hours later.
Washington County Deputy Shannon Wilde told KATU2 : “I think if you ask any first responder, the death of a child is the absolute worst call that we go to.
“We see a lot of horrible things but seeing a child in that situation is the worst.”
At this stage in the investigation, there have been no charges following Jame’s death.
It is understood that James found the gun in his family home whilst looking in the drawer of one of the bedrooms.
Campaigners have been urging parents to properly secure aware of their weapons and make sure they are not left loaded.
Penny Okamoto, from Cease Fire Oregon, said: “The burden is really on the adult gun owner to make sure that the firearm is secure at all time.”
Pictures of James, a happy and smiling little youngster, have been released through the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. His family have declined to comment on the tragedy.
Recently, an 11-year-old boy was shot dead by his stepdad after they went out as a family into the woodlands and hunted. His stepdad said that his mistook his stepson for a deer and fired his gun. Although the doctors tried desperately to save him, the young boy succumbed to his injuries.