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.
The unnamed 3-year-old boy was subsequently rushed to a nearby fire station where he succumbed to his injuries.