4-year-old accidentally shoots himself in Northwest Indiana

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CROWN POINT, Ind. – A young boy accidentally shot himself in Indiana on Saturday, police said.

Eric Cole, 4, was in the 7700 block of East 120th Avenue in Crown Point, Ind., around 10:50 a.m., when he accidentally shot himself according to the Lake County Coroner’s press release.

Police said the boy was at a babysitter’s house when he located a handgun in a case under a bed in an upstairs bedroom. Police said the boy was able to open the case and handled the firearm. The gun then fired a single round and hit the boy, police said.

He was pronounced dead at Franciscan Health around noon.

Police said the incident is being investigated as an accident. Investigators do not expect charges to be filed.

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