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2-year-old dies after accidentally shooting self in northwest Fresno home

Police tape surrounds a northwest Fresno home where a 2-year-old boy shot himself in the head Saturday, July 7, 2018. The boy was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital.
Police tape surrounds a northwest Fresno home where a 2-year-old boy shot himself in the head Saturday, July 7, 2018. The boy was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital. cdelgado@fresnobee.com

A 2-year-old boy died Saturday after accidentally shooting himself in the head in a northwest Fresno home, police said.

The shooting was reported to police at 12:48 p.m. at the home near Churchill Avenue and Audubon Drive. Lt. Rob Beckwith said the boy was breathing when he was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital but police reported at 6 p.m. that doctors were unable to save him.

Beckwith said the father's fiancee and a friend were the only two people in the northwest Fresno home at the time of the shooting. Nobody else was injured.

In a statement Saturday evening, police said the shooting "appears to be a tragic accident." Police detectives from the Street Violence Bureau and Family Justice Bureau are handling the case. "This will be a lengthy and thorough investigation in the days to come," police said.

Sgt. Walter Boston said at the scene that investigators were unsure of the circumstances that led up to the shooting, including how the boy got the gun.

Boston did not disclose who owned the gun.

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