Child dies after playing with gun - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Child dies after playing with gun

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SOUTHEAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A four-year-old boy suffered a fatal gunshot wound Monday afternoon after a gun the child was playing with accidentally fired, police said.

Police identified the child as Joshua Johnson.

The tragic accident took place at around 1:30 p.m., at the Camelot Manor Apartments in the southeast part of the city on Camelot Lane.

The child was pronounced deceased by first responders in a second-floor apartment.

The mother of the child was present when the shooting occurred, but was reportedly asleep at the time, police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Joshua retrieved a handgun that was inside of the residence and accidentally shot himself.

The boy's mother, father, and grandmother were at the apartment complex but too shaken up to talk to FOX13 News.

A neighbor told FOX13 News three adults and two children lived in the apartment when there the shooting occurred.

Questions still remain in the wake of the fatal accidental shooting. How did this 4-year-old get his hands on the gun? What type of gun was used? Where did the gun come from? Who owns the gun? Where were the adults to supervise him?

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said no charges have been filed.

The accident remains under investigation.

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FOX13 News reporter Marcus Hunter contributed to this report.

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