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A 2-year-old Florida boy was killed Wednesday after he found his father’s gun in a vehicle and shot himself in the chest, in what authorities are investigating as an accident.

Kaleb Ahles was pronounced dead at a hospital after the 4:47 p.m. accident in Tarpon Springs, northwest of Tampa, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. The office said the family was in the middle of moving from their home when the child, who was in the family car, found a .380-caliber handgun in the glove box and apparently pulled the trigger.

"It's just one of those things that happens where everything lined up the wrong way where we had a 2½-year-old that was able to take a gun, pick it up, turn it around, and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told NBC station WFLA. The station reported that witnesses said the boy was in the car alone before the accident.

Authorities said the boy's family heard "a loud popping sound," his mother ran over and began performing CPR and 911 was called. The accident is under investigation, but Gualtieri told the station he doesn’t believe charging the father is appropriate.

"I don't think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they've been punished," Gualtieri said.



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