Tennessee Toddler Fatally Shot after Another Young Child Finds Gun

A toddler in Tennessee has died after another young child accidentally shot him after finding a gun, police have said.

Officials with the Clarksville Police Department said a two-year-old boy was fatally shot on Wednesday night, according to WVLT.

The shooting reportedly happened at around 10 p.m. on Pembroke Road in Clarksville.

Police said three children under the age of four were at the home when one of the children found and picked up an unsecured handgun, according to the broadcaster.

The gun reportedly went off and the two-year-old was hit, dying as a result of his injuries.

Julian Chester, 31, the boyfriend of the children's mother, has been arrested on unrelated charges, WVLT reported.

Newsweek has contacted the Clarksville Police Department for comment.

Child gun casualties in U.S.

The shooting in Tennessee comes as the latest in a spate of similar accidents across the U.S., as young children manage to get hold of guns.

Across the United States, death by gunshot was the second-highest cause of death among those aged 1 to 19 in 2016, according to a study released by the New England Journal of Medicine two years ago. Only car crashes led to more deaths.

Eight children a day are unintentionally injured or killed in the U.S. because of an unlocked or unsupervised gun in the home, according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Last month, a toddler playing with a gun shot dead his five-year-old cousin at a Detroit home.

The 18-month-old boy reportedly got hold of the weapon while at the property with his father, his cousin, his grandmother and a baby girl.

The bullet hit the five-year-old boy in the neck at the home in the 2400 block of Sturtevant Street.

At a news conference, Detroit Police Department Commander Tiffany Stewart called it "a sad day in the city."

Last month, a one-year-old was also left hospitalized after being shot with a rifle in Mississippi by a four-year-old.

The girl was accidentally shot in the hand with an AR-15 assault rifle at a home on Ridgecrest Drive in Holly Springs, according to police.

The toddler's mother was not at home when the shooting took place and had left the girl with a sibling. It is not known exactly how the older child got hold of the gun.

Meanwhile, a five-year-old boy shot himself in the chest in Ohio when he was playing with his mum's gun.

The little boy was taken to the Nationwide Children's Hospital by his mother with a gunshot wound to his upper right chest.

The child had been playing with his mother's loaded gun when the firearm discharged, the Columbus Police Department said in a statement on Sunday.

Once at the hospital, the boy was stabilized and was expected to recover from his injuries.