A 4-year-old boy shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin at a home in Muscoy, California, according to local authorities.
The victim’s grandfather, Cesar Lopez, 53, was arrested and charged with child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced on Twitter.
Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the home Friday morning. The victim, a 2-year-old girl, was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigation continues into the accidental shooting of a two year old; Grandfather arrested for Child Endangerment https://t.co/7FOxTuMTnV
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) July 21, 2018
An investigation determined the shooting to be accidental but also revealed Lopez had left the gun “in an where it was accessible to the children,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
#BREAKING A 2-year-old child has been shot and killed in Muscoy. @sbcountysheriff is investigating. Neighbor tells #abc7eyewitness that another child got a hold of a gun & accidentally shot the toddler. We are waiting to confirm these details and learn more. pic.twitter.com/dtPj2N18S9
— Leticia Juarez (@ABC7Leticia) July 20, 2018
It was unclear Friday evening whether Lopez has an attorney.