Toddler dies from self-inflicted gunshot

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A local 3-year-old died after shooting himself with a firearm found inside his home on Wednesday.

According to a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) release, officers and emergency responders went to a call at Lamplighter Mobile Home Community off 5200 NE 39th Ave. at 5:57 p.m. about a child-involved shooting.

The initial investigation revealed the toddler obtained the firearm from an unlocked gun case/toolbox in the home and was playing with it when the gun went off and struck him. Two juveniles reportedly witnessed the incident.

Emergency responders transported the child to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

GPD detectives and forensic personnel collected evidence and are investigating the incident.

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