Toddler dies after accidentally shooting himself with unsecured gun at family friend's home
Shortly after the incident, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a warning and urged residents to follow appropriate gun safety measures
A two-year-old died after he accidentally shot himself with an unsecured gun while at a family friend's apartment, according to reports. Police officials said that the toddler, identified as Jayden James Piedra, of Jacksonville, Florida, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Sunday after he sustained the gunshot wound earlier in the day.
The shooting reportedly occurred at around 10:16 am on Sunday when Jayden, his mother Donna Crump-Piedra and his seven-year-old brother were visiting the family friend at their house.
Police officials launched an investigation into the case and are interviewing the people who were inside the apartment at the time of the incident. The Florida Times-Union reported that they were not looking for any suspects for now.
Relatives of the toddler, while talking to the newspaper, said that Jayden's brother was among the people questioned by officials about the shooting. It is not year clear whether officials will levy any charges on the family friend whose house the victim's family was visiting. Officials reportedly said that they were still trying to determine who the unsecured gun belonged to.
Crump-Piedra, while talking to Action New Jax, said that she did not "know what I'm going to do without my baby! That’s my best friend! He’s everything to me! Both of my kids are," and urged people to secure their guns appropriately. "You never know who, or which little one, is going to get hold to it. You could lose your child. I lost a 2-year-old."
The mother told the outlet that her two-year-old accidentally shot himself while he and his brother were playing another room at the friend's home. She said that she rushed to the room after her seven-year-old told her that Jayden was bleeding.
"I go look, and I’m not knowing, I’m thinking he probably fell or something,' Crump-Piedra told the news station, adding that when she turned him around she saw Jayden's swollen face before realizing he had gotten hold of a gun.
Crump-Piedra added that she did not know whether the weapon belonged to the family friend they were visiting.
#JSO is working a two-year-old child shot in the 2400 block of Jammes Road. This occurred inside an apartment. Homicide detectives are on scene investigating. All individuals that were in the apartment are with police.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) February 9, 2019
Reminder to everyone: Make sure your firearms are secure.
Police officials said that an investigation into Jayden's death is still active and ongoing, according to reports.
Shortly after the incident, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a warning and urged the residents to follow appropriate gun safety measures. "Reminder to everyone: Make sure your firearms are secure," the police department tweeted.