Durham, N.C. — A 4-year-old boy found a gun and accidentally shot himself at a house on Brightfield Lane in the Ashefield Place subdivision Friday morning, according to police.
The boy, whose name and condition were not released, was being treated at Duke University Hospital.
Someone called 911 around 8:45 a.m. and reported that the child had fallen off a counter and suffered a head injury. Police said they later determined that the boy had found an unsecured gun and was injured when it discharged.
A sticker on the family's van parked in the driveway lists the names of the family – Don and Stacie Nichols, their three children and two pets.
“This tragic incident reinforces the need for gun safety and the proper securing of firearms,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. said in a statement.
No other information was released.