Indiana Toddler Finds Gun in Mother’s Purse, Dies in Apparent Accidental Shooting

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A toddler who found a gun in his mother’s purse was fatally shot in an apparent accident at a home in Indiana Wednesday.

A 2-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound in Indianapolis on April 20, 2016. (Credit: WXIN)

A 2-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound in Indianapolis on April 20, 2016. (Credit: WXIN)

Police received a call about the shooting in the 5200 block of Alameda Road in Indianapolis just after 9 p.m., according to local television station WXIN.

Police said the mother of the 2-year-old boy had apparently left her purse, which contained a loaded gun, on the kitchen counter, the television station reported.

The toddler managed to find the gun when the mother stepped away, according to police.

The boy was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest and was unresponsive when officers arrived at the home, WXIN reported.

The child was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

The boy’s mother was the only other person in the house at the time of the shooting, according to police.

A woman who knew the family said the mother wouldn’t have left the gun out on purpose.

"They're pretty good people. I don't really think that it was something that they would have done on purpose,” the woman said.

Authorities released the mother after she was questioned, but the shooting was still under investigation, WXIN reported.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.