A College Ward toddler who was accidentally shot in the abdomen Friday night has died.

A press release issued Saturday by the Cache County Sheriff Office said the 2-year-old boy was immediately taken into surgery after being shot early Friday night in an apparent accident involving a gun in his home. He was later flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he passed away.

According to sheriff’s investigators, the boy was shot in the abdomen with a .22 caliber rifle by his 3-year-old sister while the two children were playing. The gun had reportedly been used by the children’s father earlier in the day and was left in the living room of the home.

“The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “We believe the 3 year old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round prior to the incident occurring.”

Officials declined to release the name of the 2-year-old victim or his parents, saying names are being withheld due to the ages of those involved and because this is still an active investigation.

As is customary in all such cases, the evidence put together by investigators will be referred to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for a review, but the sheriff’s press release said officers “are comfortable” referring to this case as an accidental shooting.

“This is a stark reminder of the importance of keeping all kinds of weapons out of the reach of children,” the press release said. “We urge any and all to take an inventory of their current practices in storing guns and ammunition.” 

A College Ward toddler who was accidentally shot in the abdomen Friday night has died.

A press release issued Saturday by the Cache County Sheriff Office said the 2-year-old boy was immediately taken into surgery after being shot early Friday night in an apparent accident involving a gun in his home. He was later flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he passed away.

According to sheriff’s investigators, the boy was shot in the abdomen with a .22 caliber rifle by his 3-year-old sister while the two children were playing. The gun had reportedly been used by the children’s father earlier in the day and was left in the living room of the home.

“The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “We believe the 3 year old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round prior to the incident occurring.”

Officials declined to release the name of the 2-year-old victim or his parents, saying names are being withheld due to the ages of those involved and because this is still an active investigation.

As is customary in all such cases, the evidence put together by investigators will be referred to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for a review, but the sheriff’s press release said officers “are comfortable” referring to this case as an accidental shooting.

“This is a stark reminder of the importance of keeping all kinds of weapons out of the reach of children,” the press release said. “We urge any and all to take an inventory of their current practices in storing guns and ammunition.”

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