Louisville man says 2-year-old son died after accidentally getting into his gun safe
A 2-year-old boy died at Norton Children's Hospital on Monday after being shot in the face.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 2-year-old boy died at Norton Children's Hospital on Monday after being shot in the face.
LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the shooting happened just after 1 p.m. in the 6500 block of Huff Lane near the intersection of Cane Run Road and Camp Ground Road.
"About 1 o'clock this afternoon, Louisville Metro Police second division officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 6500 block of Huff Lane," Mitchell said. "When officers arrived, they located a 2-year-old male who had been shot."
The victim's father, Jesse Mefford, said his two sons were being watched by their adult cousin when they found a 9 mm handgun.
"My 3 year old got into my gun safe and don't know how he got it open, but he got my pistol out," Jesse Mefford said. "It only takes a couple seconds."
Mefford said only a couple people know the code and have a key to the safe that's usually locked.
"I've always been extremely safe about my guns," he said. "I took the time to carry/conceal, took all the classes, where to keep your gun and all this."
Mitchell told reporters that it is tough case for officers to investigate it.
"I know this is tough on you as well, and it should be for anyone," Mitchell said. "Someone that young, in this type of condition at this stage in life, it's very tragic anytime it happens. Even if you don't have children, I think if you have a heart you would know this is a very difficult investigation to have at this point and certainly our prayers are with the family."
Mefford said he was at work and his pregnant wife was at a doctor's appointment when the accident happened.
"I lost my baby today," he said. "I gave him my middle name. He looked just like me when he came out. As soon as I saw him, I knew that was my boy."
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