3-year-old dies after he accidentally shot himself on his birthday

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A 3-year-old boy has died at his birthday celebration after finding a family member’s gun and accidentally shooting himself in the chest.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. at a family residence in Porter, Texas, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, when authorities were called to the home and found a 3-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his chest.

“Family and friends had gathered earlier to celebrate the birthday of the three-year-old, and while playing cards, heard a gunshot,” the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released to social media. “The child was located with a gunshot wound to the chest.”

According to authorities, it was learned during the investigation that the child had allegedly found the pistol after it fell out of a family member’s pocket.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident,” said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.