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Four-year-old boy in Tennessee finds gun in home, dies of self-inflicted gunshot

A toddler found a gun and accidentally shot himself.
A toddler found a gun and accidentally shot himself.
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A shooting in Tennessee has left a four-year-old dead, and it was actually a self-inflicted gunshot wound that killed him. Inquisitr reported on Aug. 18, 2014, that the boy ended up finding the gun, unsecured, in his home and died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

The shooting took place just before 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Police received a phone call letting them know that a shooting had taken place, but they had not totally been advised as to who was shot.

The Tennesseean reported that upon Clarksville officers arriving on the scene, they found the body of a four-year-old boy who remains unidentified. He died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was airlifted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and soon declared dead.

According to the police report, the boy found an unsecured gun in the home, and it was loaded at the time he discovered it. He was said to have simply picked it up and shot himself in the chest.

An investigation is still ongoing into the boy's death because they are not entirely sure as to how things actually happened. There are remaining questions such as if the boy was totally unsupervised and why the gun was unsecured and loaded.

Many in the community have already shared their thoughts on the situation, and they are from both sides.

A lot of people don't understand why a toddler was able to get hold of a loaded gun so easily. Others are saying that guns aren't the problem, but it's the owners of the guns. Then there are those that believe there need to be stricter gun laws.