Child dies after accidentally shooting himself in the face

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 3-year-old has died after he accidentally shot himself in the face.

It happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of Samantha Lane in Clarksville.

The toddler was vising from Fort Riley, Kansas, with his family. He shot himself with a .40-caliber handgun that belonged to the homeowner.

He was taken to Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville in critical condition but passed away a short time later.

Clarksville officials told News 2 this appears to be an accidental shooting.

The Safe Tennessee Project released a statement on the shooting, which is the 13th incident in 2016 of a child-involved shooting.

“These horrific tragedies are 100 percent preventable. They are not accidents,” said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for The Safe Tennessee Project.

“They are the direct result of a decision by an irresponsible gun owner to not take the most basic safety precautions and store their gun properly when children are present.”

No criminal charges have been filed at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

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