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3-year-old boy in Wash. kills self with gun in car

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Police say a man has a concealed weapons permit for the gun his 3-year-old son used to fatally shoot himself while his family stopped for gas in Tacoma.

Police Officer Naveed Benjamin says the Tacoma-area family stopped at a gas station at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The father put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the mother went inside the convenience store.

They left the boy and a 4- or 5-year-old daughter in the car. The boy climbed out of his child seat, found the gun and shot himself in the head.

He was declared dead at a hospital. The girl was not injured.

It was western Washington's third recent shooting by a child.

Detectives questioned the parents and say the shooting is a tragic accident.

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