Boy, 3, dies at his birthday party after accidentally shooting himself with gun

Boy, 3, dies at his birthday party after accidentally shooting himself with gun
FILE PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy died Saturday after getting a hold of a family member's gun and accidentally shooting himself in the chest, officials said. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

MONTOGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — A 3-year-old boy died Saturday after getting a hold of a family member’s gun and accidentally shooting himself in the chest, officials said.

Deputies were called to the house in Porter, Texas, around 4:25 p.m. and found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest, KTRK reported.

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“Family and friends had gathered earlier to celebrate the birthday of the three-year-old, and while playing cards, heard a gunshot,” the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on social media.

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The boy found a pistol after it fell out of a family member’s pocket, investigators said.

The child was taken to a nearby fire station where he was pronounced dead.