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Three-year-old boy shoots himself in North Carolina shop

Published 11/01/2016

Officers say the gun was behind the counter at the shop
Officers say the gun was behind the counter at the shop

A three-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun he found behind the counter of his father's convenience store.

Officers were called to the shop in Lumberton, North Carolina, at around 11am on Sunday.

Police Capt Terry Parker said the boy was at the store with his father, Manal Abdelziz of Laurinburg. The boy's name was not released.

Capt Parker said the boy found the gun under the cash register. He said the father's attention had been diverted momentarily.

The boy was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the Robeson County District Attorney's Office will decide whether charges are filed. It is illegal to have an unsecured gun in the presence of a child.

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