LEMOORE, Kings County (CBS / AP) — Central California authorities say a 3-year-old girl found a loaded gun and fatally shot herself in the head.
Lemoore police Detective Matthew Smith told The Fresno Bee on Wednesday that the girl and her family were visiting from Southern California when she found a gun in an apartment bedroom.READ MORE: Female Employee Beaten During Friday-Evening Robbery of Santa Rosa Pharmacy
The newspaper reported that police would not provide details about the gun’s caliber.
Her mother, sibling and the mother’s friend heard the shot Saturday and tried to help. The child was taken to a hospital, where she died.READ MORE: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Grows To 1,500 Acres; Residents Forced To Evacuate; Highway 1 Shut Down
Smith says two people who live in the apartment were gone when the girl fired the gun registered to a friend of one of the roommates.
He says no arrests have been made, but the gun owner and the roommate could face charges.
The case is being investigated as reckless endangerment of a child resulting in death and negligent storage of a firearm.
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