Toddler dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Toddler dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

By Ina Ronquillo, Liz Kotalik. CREATED Dec 21, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 3-year-old boy has died after police said he accidentally shot himself with his parent's gun.

Officer Philip Steele with Sahuarita Police tells KGUN9 that officers responded to a call in the 300 block of Calle Minerva, around 7:45 p.m on Friday.

When officers arrived on scene, the boy was found with a self-inflicted gunshot would to the face.  The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, said Steele.

The parents told officers the firearm was misplaced for a short time, during which the child found and fatally discharged the weapon.

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

We spoke to Jeff Prather who founded a program called Warrior School, where he trains adults and even young children about how to handle guns.

"This is a three-year-old little boy. How do you train a three-year-old with a gun," Nine On Your Side's Liz Kotalik asked. 

"I have a four-year-old, and I'm a firearm instructor, so there's always guns around my house," Prather responded. "The first thing that I tell my daughter is, that's deadly. That's dangerous. Don't ever touch it."

He also told us proper holsters, which go for about 80-100 dollars, could have also made a difference last night.

Guns with safeties, he said, are much safer around children, and also bands that go around a gun.

But, he told us, training on how to handle a gun properly should be top priority. 

"The gun's not the answer, the lock's not the answer. We're the answer."

If you'd like to take classes or learn more about Warrior School, CLICK HERE