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4-year-old boy finds gun in his home and fatally shoots himself

By Mason White 3:46 PM August 1, 2017
Gun (illustration)
Gun (illustration)
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(Scroll down for video) A young boy shot and killed himself after finding a loaded gun in his mother’s home, according to police in Florida.

Tampa police said that they are investigation the mother of 4-year-old Ashton Gooding, after the young child shot and killed himself in her home.

The incident unfolded on Sunday, at around 5:45 p.m., at the child’s home located at 1020 E Hanna Avenue. The boy lived at the home with his mother, Ashanti Lauren Taylor.

The mother had custody of the child, while the father, James Eugene Gooding, lived elsewhere. The boy picked up the gun and shot himself once.

The mother called for help, and the boy was taken to the Tampa General Hospital, where he died from a single gunshot wound.