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Police: Boy, 4, got hold of gun, shot and wounded himself

December 29, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old boy apparently shot himself in the chest after getting hold of an unsecured, loaded pistol at a Cincinnati apartment.

The child was reported in critical but stable condition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as of late Friday.

Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with child endangerment in connection with the Friday afternoon shooting in Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood.

Capt. Martin Mack says another child and adults were in the room at the time.

Neighbors say a man calling for help from an apartment window yelled that his child had shot himself.

Police Sgt. Eric Franz tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that it’s especially important for people with children to secure their firearms. Franz says free gun locks are available at the city’s police stations.

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