Horror as toddler, 2, dies after 'finding dad's gun and shooting himself while playing'


    A two-year-old boy died last month after shooting himself with a loaded handgun discovered in his dad’s truck. The toddler, Warren Bennett Oser, began playing with the firearm before accidentally shooting himself in the head. The horrifying incident happened just before 6pm on Saturday, October 15. 

    Police responded to reports of a shooting in North Carolina, US, and, when they arrived at the house, officers found the youngster with a gun shot wound. 

    Prosecutors said he had climbed into his dad’s truck through an open door where he found the Smith & Wesson .40 caliber weapon. 

    It had been left on the front seat of the truck, prosecutors said, and Warren then started to play with the weapon before accidentally pulling the trigger.

    His parents, Emily and Tyler Oser, were at their home in the town of Benson at the time. They rushed Warren to Johnson Medical Center Clayton. 

    Authorities said he was sadly pronounced Warren dead on arrival. 

    Mr Oser will now be charged with failure to properly and safely secure his firearms to protect minors, the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

    District Attorney Susan Doyle said in a statement: “My heart goes out to the parents as they grieve the loss of their son.

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    “These tragedies are 100 percent preventable by safely storing all weapons away from minor children, as required by statute.”

    She added: “This is not about the rightful ownership of guns. This is about the responsibility of gun owners to protect minors by ensuring weapons are kept safely away from children.”

    Following the shooting, family members gathered at the Oser home to support the grieving parents. 

    One family member told WRAL News: “We’re having to raise money for a funeral we never expected, for a two-year-old”.

    Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up by those close to the couple, which has so far raised $22,561 (£20,100) of their $20,000 target. 

    In an emotional obituary posted online, family members paid tribute to the youngster. 

    He was described by one person as a “free spirit with a wild soul who always kept us on our toes”.

    One tribute said: “Bennett was a happy child who loved everyone in his life deeply. Every single day, he would go down his list of favourite people to try and visit. Though his life was brief, his spirit and memory lives on in his family and friends.”


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