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