Cherokee County toddler shoots self in chest
POSTED: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 3:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:12pm
RUSK - Cherokee County Sheriff's officials say a 2-year-old boy shot himself this weekend at a house just east of Highway 84 and County Road 1201.
Deputies say the boy's mother was in the living room during the time of the incident. They say the gun was on a dividing wall between the living room and kitchen. The little boy appears to have used a stool to get the gun case. That's when he allegedly opened the case and shot himself once in the upper right chest, just below the collarbone.
The gun is said to have been a small caliber semi-automatic with a round-chambered and fully-loaded magazine.
The child is recovering from surgery now, and is listed in critical condition at Dallas Children's Hospital.
KETK reporter Cody Spain is on his way to Cherokee County to find out more about the case. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.