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A 2-year-old boy found a gun at home in South Carolina and fatally shot himself

Posted at 6:40 AM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 09:40:38-04

A 2-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head at home in South Carolina, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call Thursday about a child who got a hold of a gun at home and shot himself, Greenville County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ryan Flood told CNN affiliate WYFF.

Deputies tried to provide medical aid to the child while waiting for EMS, but he died on the way to the hospital, Flood said.

The Greenville County coroner identified him as Kayden John Stuber, according to the affiliate, and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

There have been 288 children killed or injured by a gun in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which compiles data on shooting incidents.