CCSO: 2-year-old boy shot in the hand by 4-year-old

Reporter: Maddie Herron
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A 2-year-old boy was shot by a 4-year-old in a home on Saturday morning, police say.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said that shortly after 9:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to Pulaski St. in Port Charlotte for a 2-year-old shot by a 4-year-old.

Charlotte County Fire-EMS said they treated the 2-year-old boy, who had a gunshot injury to the hand.

CCSO said that it appears to have been accidental and that a parent was home at the time.

The 2-year-old was transported to All Children’s Hospital in stable condition and has non-life-threatening injuries. He is expected to survive.

Police can’t confirm if the children are related.

Police say that this is a contained incident and that there is no threat to the public.

The details of this incident are currently being investigated.

“This is a terrible incident, but I am thankful that the injury is not life-threatening,” said CCSO sheriff Bill Prummell. “As my detectives continue to investigate, I want to remind all gun owners in Charlotte County to double and triple check that your firearms are stored safely, especially if there are children in the home. Let’s all do our part to protect our vulnerable ones.”

The Florida Department of Children & Families has been contacted, and a search warrant has been signed by the state attorney as the investigation continues.

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