This two-year-old was alone in his parents' car while they were busy carrying boxes to move out of their Pinellas County, Florida, home.
Kaleb Ahles climbed into the front seat of the car and found a .380 calibre handgun which was stored in the glove compartment, The Guardian reported.
He grabbed it, turned the barrel towards his chest and squeezed the trigger, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said of the incident which happened on Wednesday.
His parents heard a "pop" and ran towards the car, police said.
His mother Christina Nigro, 23, immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while another family member called emergency services. But the toddler did not survive.
Said Sheriff Gualtieri: "It's just one of those things that happens where everything lined up the wrong way. He probably barely got the trigger pulled. It appears to be another tragic situation."
The child's grandfather, retired Tampa police detective Kevin Ahles, reportedly drove to the scene immediately after learning of his grandson's death. "A great little kid was killed today," he told the Miami Herald. "That's all there is to say."
Florida law requires gun owners to secure their loaded firearms in the presence of children younger than 16 years old. But a person can only be held criminally liable if the minor accesses a gun and exhibits it in a public place, or brandishes it in a threatening or angry manner.
The police said the gun was secured in the glove compartment of the car.
A police spokesman said they are still investigating the incident and that the parents are not facing any charges, as of now.
This is the second case this week of toddlers involved in shooting.
A nine-month-old boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's Missouri home, police said.
The children's mother told NBC News that she had just put her baby down for a nap when she heard a "pop".
When she went to investigate, her elder son said: "I'm sorry, mum. I shot Corbin." The boy was taken to hospital where he died, the Los Angeles Times reported.
This article was first published on Jan 24, 2015.
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