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Child Kills Self in Gun Accident

September 18, 2001

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) _ A 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a handgun his father said he brought into the house for protection after the terrorist attacks, police said.

Maj. Howard Smith of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department said the gun was hanging on a window curtain rod above the child’s bed.

The boy apparently began playing with the semiautomatic weapon and accidentally shot himself in the neck about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Smith said no charges have been placed in the shooting but that the investigation is continuing.

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