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WAS IT SUICIDE? 3-year-old US boy kills himself with gun

In ANYTHING on March 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

A three-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in a car while his family stopped at a petrol station in the western US state of Washington, police say.

It was the third recent shooting by a child in western Washington.

“It is incredible in light of the other ones,” said Naveed Benjamin, a police officer in Tacoma, where the shooting occurred. “You would think people would take more care, not less.”

The family had stopped for petrol about 12:30am (1530 AEDT). The father put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump petrol while the mother went inside the convenience store, Benjamin said.

They left their son and their infant daughter in the car. The boy climbed out of his child seat, found the gun and shot himself in the head, police said. He was declared dead at a hospital. The girl was not injured.

Detectives questioned the parents and have called the shooting a tragic accident, Benjamin said. The father has a concealed weapons permit, and no charges are anticipated, he said.

Washington state does not have a law specifically concerning child access to firearms.

The shooting follows the death of the seven-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer in Stanwood on Saturday when a sibling found a gun and fired while the parents were out of their car. And on February 22, an eight-year-old girl was critically wounded in a Bremerton classroom when a gun fired inside the backpack of a nine-year-old boy as he put it on a desk.

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