Nashville police investigating incident of 3-year-old who shot himself

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 19:46:42-05

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Authorities with the Metro Nashville Police Department reported a 3-year-old child arrived at a local hospital Tuesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

TriStar Summit Medical Center received the child after his mother and her boyfriend brought him to the emergency room. Police said the child found the gun in the mom's purse and shot himself in the abdomen. Emergency personnel later transported him by helicopter to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He was rushed to surgery.

Police said the child removed the nine-millimeter pistol from his mother’s purse in her bedroom while she was asleep and pulled the trigger.

An investigation is continuing. No charges have been placed thus far.