Pinellas toddler finds dad’s gun, dies from accidental shooting
(The Telegraph) TARPON SPRINGS, Fl. – A 2-year-old boy has died after finding his father’s gun in the family car and pulling the trigger, according to local police who described the death as “accidental”.
It is the latest in a string of tragedies caused by children coming across their parent’s legally owned weapons.
Kaleb Ahles was pronounced dead at hospital in Florida on Wednesday afternoon, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Officers said the boy’s father had left a .380 caliber handgun in the glove box as the family was busy moving house.
“Kaleb was alone inside the car when the family heard a loud popping sound,” police said in a statement. “They immediately ran to the vehicle. The mother, Christina Nigro, began CPR while family members on scene called 911.
“Kaleb was transported to Trinity Hospital via ambulance for life threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told WFLA, the local NBC station: where we had a 2-year-old that was able to take a gun, pick it up, turn it around, and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest.”
He added that an investigation was under way.
“I don’t think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they’ve been punished,” he said.