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Fun Facts: 2-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Self in Texas

This is from today’s Houston Chronicle:

2-year-old accidentally shoots himself in Tyler

Associated Press

Feb. 15, 2011, 10:37AM

TYLER – A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after using a stool to get a gun and accidentally shooting himself in the chest in an East Texas home.

Authorities said the incident happened Saturday night when the boy pulled a case with a loaded small caliber handgun off a wall. Cherokee County sheriff’s investigator Michael Goff says the toddler removed the gun from the case before shooting himself just below the right collarbone.

Goff says the boy was “just a curious 2-year-old.” He is not being identified because of his age. Goff said the child was in critical condition Monday at a Dallas hospital after surgery. An updated condition wasn’t immediately available.

Authorities say the boy’s mother was the only other person home at the time. She is not facing charges.


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