updated 7/23/2009 12:24:45 PM ET 2009-07-23T16:24:45

A 3-year-old boy died after apparently shooting himself in the face with his father's gun, police said.

The boy's mother said in an emergency call Tuesday that William McAnaul pulled the trigger after he found the 9 mm handgun under a bed in the family's home in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia.

He died at a Dayton hospital later in the day, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Vandalia city spokesman Rich Hopkins calls it an "absolutely tragic accident." Police Lt. Harry Busse said Wednesday that details of the shooting would not be released until the investigation was complete.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office says autopsy results are pending.

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