PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A 4-year-old boy is dead after police said he was accidentally shot on Easter Sunday.
Police have not released many details on how the child got hold of a handgun and apparently shot himself.
FOX10 News talked to the boy's uncle Trent Campbell Monday, April1. Campbell was not at the home where the shooting took place, but he said other family members told him the victim and other children were in a bedroom, and the gun was on dresser. Campbell described the gun as a small 22 caliber single shot pistol.
"They thought it was a gun," Campbell said.
There was no one at the home on Fairport Drive in Prichard Monday morning. Ashley Gibbs lives next door. She said there were lots of family members gathered there Easter Sunday.
"When I walked outside, I seen kids over there. I didn't hear anything, and the walls are kind of thin so, I was here and I didn't hear anything," Gibbs said.
Police said 4-year-old Roderick Paige was at this Aunt's home with other family members when he was shot in the chest.
Officials said it appears to gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Buchanan said the child was already at the hospital when police were contacted.
"Police officers here were informed by the University of South Alabam Children's and Women's hospital when the child was brought into the emergency room. ‘ So the child was alive when he got to the hospital?' I'm not sure he was alive, but when they informed the police here he was deceased," Buchanan said.
Gibbs said her heart goes out to the family.
"It was just horrible, because I have small kids myself. I was like I understand. I feel for her because it's her child," Gibbs said.
FOX10 News wanted to know if charges could be filed in connection with the shooting. Buchanan would only say the investigation is ongoing. However, police said there could be a new development in the case Tuesday.
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