18-month old toddler shot in the head and died shortly after he was transported to a local hospital.
Henry County Police in Georgia, said they are investigating the ordeal as a “tragic accident,” and believe the boy was struck by a bullet somewhere on his head or face, FOX 5 reported.
Police were notified when the child died at Piedmont Henry Hospital two hours later.
“We are actively investigating if it was an accidental shooting by the three-year-old, or accidentally inflicted by the one-and-a-half-year-old,” Lieutenant Mike Ireland told FOX 5.
Lt. Ireland added that the gun involved in the shooting was a .45 calibre weapon, and belonged to a family member inside the home. The handgun was set down in a bedroom while two adults were present, and after a gunshot went off, the adults turned to see the 18-month-old wounded.
Police said they believe the three-year-old sibling, who is adopted, is the individual who fired the weapon, but are also investigating if the 18-month-old toddler shot himself. The gun will be sent for fingerprint testing to determine who ultimately was responsible.
The name of the toddler has not been released. Police said both parents and grandparents were present in the home at the time, but declined to say who owned the gun.
Police have secured a search warrant at the home to investigate the bedroom where the shooting happened.
Local authorities said no charges have been filed at this time though the investigation is ongoing.
Investigators said they will interview the child’s parents today, after they give the family time to mourn.
— Jaclyn Schultz FOX 5 (@jaclynFOX5ATL) October 1, 2016
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