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Three-year-old boy killed after accidental shooting

A three-year-old child has died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.
A three-year-old child has died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.(Grover Tadlock)
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 9:43 AM EDT
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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - A 3-year-old child has died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said the incident happened along Price Strong Road in Salem Township near the Gallia County border, just before 9 a.m. Friday.

“It’s a tragedy it’s just a tragedy,” Wood said. “I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff happen, and these are a little different.”

Wood told WSAZ the shooting death was accidental. He says the boy got ahold of a handgun and shot himself in the chest.

“I encourage people to not leave these things laying around. Secure them, unload them,” he said. “There’s a lot of guns in our world, but you have to teach them what these guns can do, not that it’s just a gun and hide it from them. You’ve got to teach them; that’s very important and crucial, because if they don’t know what it will do this is sometimes what you’ll see happen.”

Sheriff Wood said the parents put the child in the car and started driving toward the hospital when they met Gallia County deputies.

The deputies helped get the child to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Terry Hunt, who lives down the road, says the boy is family of her late husband. When she heard the news, she was devastated.

“I just couldn’t imagine the pain and the hurt and the suffering they’re going through at the time, and for many years to come. That’s a child. That’s not a dad, a mom, a niece, or nephew. That’s your child. It’s a different feeling,” she said.

She said she’s thinking of the parents of the child and questions surrounding a shooting like this one.

“Life is hectic. Our area is not the best. Did they forget the gun was loaded? You know that’s where my mind goes. I always try to think of the positive outcomes of a situation. I don’t see them being bad people,” Hunt said.

The news shakes the community and makes Hunt hug her children and grandchildren a little tighter.

“You think of your blessings even stronger, and more and you just want to protect them -- even more you want to hover over them even more to make sure they’re safe,” she said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrived Friday afternoon to gather evidence.

As of Friday evening, no charges have been filed, but it remains an active investigation.

Sheriff Wood says all the evidence will be sent to the prosecutor to determine if anyone will be charged in this shooting.

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