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3-year-old shot dead in Northern Colorado

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:32:56 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 03:51:12 PM CDT

Molly Hendrickson / KMGH-TV

FREDERICK, Colo. -

Police say a 3-year-old boy died after being shot in the head Monday (10/28/13).

The incident happened in Frederick, which is near Longmont.

Police say the boy's mother called 9-1-1 at 9:45 a.m. She told dispatchers that her son was unconscious, not breathing and was bleeding after taking a fall.

When police and paramedics arrived they found a semiautomatic handgun lying near his head. Police say the gun appeared to have been fired. The boy was rushed to the hospital with severe skull trauma. He was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m.

Investigators are still trying to sort out exactly what happened. They say it's unclear who fired the gun.

The boy and his mother were the only ones in the house at the time of the incident.

Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour told Denver's KMGH that the gun was legally owned.

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