PD: 5-year-old dies after shooting self in head; gun belonged to dad

Posted at 10:08 AM, Sep 28, 2016

Officials are investigating a deadly shooting involving a child in Avondale.

The shooting happened on Wednesday morning near Central Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Avondale officials said the child, a 5-year-old boy, was killed from a gunshot wound to the head. Police officers attempted life-saving efforts on the boy after they were called to the home. Once fire officials arrived, the boy was taken to a hospital where he passed away. 

Police say the boy was at home with his mom and two siblings at the time of the shooting. The boy went into a bedroom and found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun that belonged to his father. The father was not at home at the time of the shooting. 

Police said the boy's mother heard a noise and walked into the room where she found her injured son. 

Police are not looking for any suspects; it appears to be an accidental, self-inflicted injury.

There are no pending charges, but the case remains under investigation. 

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