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Police release report, 911 calls in 4-year-old's shooting

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- A 4-year-old boy was taken to Medical University Hospital Monday evening after he shot himself in the head. Two days later, police released 911 calls and a police report on the shooting.

A police report shows the boy was found unresponsive on the ground outside his grandparents' home. He'd been shot with a Taurus .25-caliber handgun, the report states.

Police said the gun was on the dining room table and the boy was lying on the floor in the dining room when they arrived.

Summerville police say it appears the boy found the weapon and shot himself.

The boy lives in North Charleston and was visiting his grandparents at the time of the shooting, said Capt. Jon Rogers with Summerville Police.

The police report says the boy's grandmother had been putting away groceries when she heard a loud bang.

"I don't know where he got a gun from," she told dispatchers. "This boy is four. His eyes are shut. I don't know if he's alive or what."

When the 911 call connects, a woman can be heard crying and screaming at the boy, "Talk to me! Talk to me!"

The call was transferred to Dorchester County EMS, but the woman was disconnected from the call. Dispatchers and EMS officials ended the call saying crews were headed to the home.

According to the Dorchester County EMS, the boy was breathing without assistance when EMS crews arrived. The boy was listed at the time of the shooting as being in serious to critical condition.

"Anybody that's been shot, and it's even worse when you have a, you know, very young person that's been shot -- possibly accidentally. So it's a tough call for folks to handle," said Rogers at the scene Monday night.

The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. on West Richardson Avenue, a home the boy visited frequently according to neighbors.

"While the mother is at work, the grandparents take care of the child," Rogers said.

He said he isn't sure yet how the boy discovered the gun. At this point, investigators only know the gun was found in a front room, but they are still looking for more information.

Rogers said no charges will be filed in the case.

He did say that the incident should serve as a reminder for people to keep their weapons locked away and out of the reach of children.

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