OXON HILL, Md. (WJZ) –A toddler is fatally shot in an apartment in Oxon Hill. Now Prince George’s County Police are trying to piece together exactly what happened.

Adam May has the latest on the investigation.

This appears to be an accidental shooting , but police are investigating all the details.

It was a devastating night for a Prince George’s County family. A 2-year-old boy finds a gun inside a Oxon Hill Road apartment.

The 911 caller said the boy shot himself in the head.

“Investigators need to determine whose gun it is and why it was in the house,” said Cpl. Evan Baxter.

The child was rushed to a Washington, D.C. hospital and pronounced dead.

Now police have to determine if anyone will face criminal charges, answering questions such as “whether or not the guardian was negligent in letting the child alone in the room,” Baxter said.

Every year hundreds of children in the United States are injured from accidental shootings, and dozens die.

Neighbors are shocked to see it happen here.

“It’s really sad,” said one neighbor. “I have a daughter, and it’s just horrible.”

“I can’t even put into words,” said another neighbor. “It’s sad.”

Some 3.3 million children live in households with guns. Accidental shootings are most common in late afternoons, summer and holidays when children are more likely unsupervised. Fifty percent occur in victim’s homes; 40 percent at a friend or a relative’s home.

Based on those statistics, The American Academy of Pediatrics says if you have children you should not have guns in your home. They say the risks are simply too great.

If you decide to risk it with children and keep guns in your house, the experts say you should keep the weapon and ammunition in two different locked locations.

Comments (9)
  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:


    1. Marty Bass' old hairpeice says:

      Sounds like the person that took his life already has been slaughtered.

      1. willie says:

        Your a nasty Mo-fo.

    2. Tom says:

      Costs more to execute somebody than it does to jail them for life. Yet another uneducated post from Sylvan.

  2. ex-Marine Guard says:

    While I was stationed in D.C., many, many years ago, I lived in Oxen Hill. It was a great place, now it is a nest of crime.

  3. Kay says:

    The parents are at fault for this. I bet they feel like S*** now and they should.

  4. Idiots says:

    Southern Md is really turning into trash,all the crime and murders that have been in the news recently,have been from down there.The parents of this child should be arrested,because a loaded gun should never ever be in the reach of a 2 year old or any other child for that matter.What a damn shame smh

  5. willie joe says:

    Oxon Hill is 99% Black= guns = death.

    1. RileyfromtheBoondocks says:

      So all black people have guns?

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