3-year-old boy dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Jacksonville police say

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 3-year-old boy, who they said was found dead Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to Lt. J Stronko, with the Sheriff’s Office, were called to a residence on Crimson Leaf Lane just before 1 p.m. to assist units with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Investigators said the boy was shot in his head. The boy died at the scene, Stronko said.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 3-year-old boy, who they said was found dead Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Lt. J Stronko, with the Sheriff’s Office, were called to a residence on Crimson Leaf Lane just before 1 p.m. to assist units with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Investigators said the boy was shot in his head.

The boy died at the scene, Stronko said.

“We’re early in the investigation at this time. There are no indicators that this was a criminal act,” Stronko said.

The JSO lieutenant said there were other adults in the residence at the time and all have been cooperative with the investigation.

According to a report from Aftermath, specialists in Trauma Cleaning and Biohazard Removal, they said so far in 2022 – there’s been 209 children, ages 0 to 17, who died in accidental shootings in the U.S.

They said 70% of unintentional shootings by children happen in a house.

News4Jax records show in 2021, there were five accidental child shootings in Jacksonville, and three of them were fatal.

Detectives are conducting their investigation and will be working with the state attorney’s office and the medical examiner’s office.

News4Jax records show in 2021, there were five accidental child shootings in Jacksonville. Three of them were fatal.


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