Grandfather arrested after California boy shoots cousin, 2

Published July 21, 2018, 12:27 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By the Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin Friday at a home in Southern California and deputies arrested the victim’s grandfather for allegedly leaving the gun where the kids could find it, authorities said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Muscoy, Calif. Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin at a home in Southern California. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP/Manila Bulletin)
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Muscoy, Calif. Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin at a home in Southern California. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP/Manila Bulletin)

The girl died at a hospital shortly after the mid-morning shooting in the Muscoy area, east of Los Angeles, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

Cesar Lopez, 53, was taken into custody later in the day on suspicion of child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the department said. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

The boy got hold of the gun and accidentally fired it, striking his cousin, officials said.

Investigators determined Lopez “left the gun in an area that was accessible to the children,” a department statement said.

Adults were home at the time of the accident, Bachman said. Both children lived at the house.

 
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