Coroner identifies 3-year-old killed from gunshot wound | News
SUMTER, SC (WIS)- The Sumter County Coroner's Office has identified the 3-year-old who was fatally wounded Tuesday morning.
Coroner Harvin Bullock says Qui'ontrez Moss was killed in the incident.
Sumter Police Deputy Chief Alvin Holston says the incident happened at the Magnolia Manor Apartments located on South Pike Street near Highway 401.
Holston says police received a call from a resident around 10 a.m.
Police found the boy dead from a single gunshot wound.
Residents of the apartment indicated to police the incident resulted from the child discharging the firearm after finding it in the apartment.
Investigators are still trying to determine how the incident happened, but have not ruled out the possibility the wound was self-inflicted.
Police could only say the gun was left in the open, loaded, and they believe the child pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the upper body.
Neighbor Fatima Spann heard the gun shot and thought it was on TV. After seeing her neighbor in his doorway, she learned differently.
"I heard him say something about 'I had the gun on the table,' then I looked at his arms and he had blood on his arms so I just went back in my house," said Spann.
The crime scene was a difficult one for police who haven't seen something like this in more than 7 years in Sumter.
"It's very difficult," said Sumter Police Deputy Chief Alvin Holston. "A 3-year-old is about as innocent as it comes, so not good news to start out the morning that's for sure."
Police point out firearm accidents in the home are preventable.
"If it's not being stored properly, the biggest thing you can do is keep it unloaded," said Holston.
Police also urge gun owners to use gun safes, locking cabinets, and gunlocks to secure firearms.
No charges have been filed.
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