3-year-old declared dead after firearm goes off

Published 9:55 am Monday, April 24, 2017

A 3-year-old child was killed Sunday when he was shot in the chest with a .380-caliber handgun at a home at 2004 Ford St., Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

Armstrong said officers responding to the call about 12:23 p.m. found the child on the floor of the house being attended to by Vicksburg Fire Department paramedics. He said a man identified as the child’s father, told officers he was asleep in the house at the time of the shooting.

The man said the child apparently got the gun from a drawer where it was kept. While playing with the gun, the gun went off, striking the child in the chest.

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Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said the child was declared dead at the home and an autopsy has been ordered.

“We are treating this as a death investigation,” Armstrong said, adding further information on the case was pending the results of the autopsy at the State Crime Lab in Jackson.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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