CMPD: 3-year-old dies in apparent accidental shooting

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CHARLOTTE —

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives collected evidence from a home in west Charlotte for hours after a 3-year-old boy was fatally shot Sunday.

Neighbors said they heard loud screams coming from inside a house on Glasgow Road around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and minutes later dozens of officers arrived on the scene.

Police told Eyewitness News they found a 3-year-old inside the home,  suffering from a gunshot wound. Channel 9 was told the toddler shot himself. He was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police said there were family members at the home at the time of the shooting.

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Neighbors said they didn't hear any gunshots, just screaming.

"It hurts me. Like I said, I have a 3-year-old myself as well as a 3-month-old, so it makes me want to hold my kids closer knowing stuff like that can happen," said neighbor Amanda Howell.

Police have not said how the child managed to get the gun, but they do say there was no foul play involved.

The child's name has not been released.