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The authorities reported that a two-year-old boy in Michigan died Sunday night from an accidental shooting after accessing an unsecured firearm.
A statement from the Howell Police Department indicated that officers responded to a report of shooting at 6 pm in the Rolling Oaks subdivision of Howell, Michigan.
“A 2.5-year-old boy was reported to have had access to an unsecured firearm that resulted in an accidental firing,” the statement said.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Howell Police Department has not released additional details about the incident and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, which also responded to the incident, declined to provide information to ABC News.
Between 2015 and 2022, at least 895 children under age 5 and preschool-age children were able to shoot themselves or another person, injuring or killing at least 933 children, according to nonprofit gun violence prevention organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
The Howell shooting also comes less than two months after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law bills requiring safe storage requirements for firearms.
A little over a week ago A 3-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in Tennessee while in a carwhere he allegedly found a loaded gun.
Officers responded to a possible gunshot wound call in the Harbor Freight area, at a mall, in Collierville, located in Shelby County
Due to gravity, fHe was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries.
It is unclear how the boy was able to get hold of the gun. Investigators told us that other family members were in the car at the time of the accidental shooting.