Police: No charges after 2-year-old accidentally shoots self

Toddler accidentally shoots self

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Authorities said a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself at a home in Acworth Tuesday evening. 

Police said it happened in the 1000 block of Athena Court in a subdivision near Interstate 75.

According to Acworth Police Officer Youlanda Leverette, the 2-year-old was able to get ahold of a family handgun that was left on a bed when the boy's father stepped away Tuesday evening.  The child got the gun and shot himself in the head.

Authorities said the child's father was home, the mother was at work. 

Leverette said no charges had been filed as of this point, calling it a "tragic accident. A preliminary investigation is underway.

She said there was also a 4-year-old boy in the home at the time of the incident.

Leverette said police were dispatched to the home just before 7:30 p.m. She said this was a sobering reminder to everyone to put weapons away, to use gun locks and to keep weapons out of the reach of children. 

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