LAWRENCE, Kan. — Police say a shooting that took the life of a toddler in Douglas County was accidental.
The gun went off at a house in East Lawrence on the 1500 block of Wedgewood Drive.
Lawrence police received the call of a 2-year-old shot around 10:45 a.m.
Loved ones tried to give the toddler, who was shot in the chest, CPR before the ambulance arrived.
Paramedics transported the boy to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where police say he died.
Neighbors are heartbroken to hear about the boy's death.
"I've seen him in the last couple of days, of course, they were here visiting from Texas, so you know there's always child activity over there," said Beth Mole, neighbor.
Police are classifying this as an accidental shooting early in their investigation.
"It's just horrible — so important to have gun locks and gun safes for your children when they are in the home whether they belong to you or not," Mole said. "If you know children are coming to your home on a daily basis, they need to lock them up."
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