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3-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting in south Kansas City, police say

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A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in south Kansas City and died from his injuries Friday afternoon, police said in a news release.

Police said they were called to a home in the 11300 block of Calico Drive after 12:30 p.m. in regard to the shooting.

While responding to the call, police learned the child had a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital by his mother.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not been released.

According to police, preliminary investigation showed a man and a woman were at the home with the 3-year-old boy and a 2-month-old child, and at some point, the 3-year-old “got a hold of the unsecured firearm and accidentally shot himself.”

The shooting remained under investigation Friday evening.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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