At his own birthday party, a three-year-old man holds a gun – and accidentally shoots himself in the chest. The toddler dies despite emergency treatment.

A three-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the United States. Police said he wielded a gun at his own birthday party in Porter, Texas last weekend. A shot was fired. The projectile hit the boy in the chest. Shortly afterwards, he succumbed to his injuries despite emergency treatment.

The boy had celebrated his third birthday with his family and friends. According to the investigation, the gun fell from the pocket of one of the adult guests.

According to gun-critical organization Moms Demand Action, such tragic incidents have been increasing since the closure of schools in the corona pandemic. Because there are currently many children at home, it is all the more important to store weapons safely, according to the association. According to statistics from the nongovernmental organization Everytown for Gun Safety, 97 people were killed in accidental shots by children or adolescents in the United States alone this year.

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