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Boy, 3, dies after accidentally shooting himself in the chest at his birthday party

A three-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with a pistol at his birthday party, authorities said.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office revealed the tragic incident happened on Saturday during the unidentified child's birthday celebration. 

Around 4.15pm, authorities were dispatched to a home in Porter, Texas, for a welfare check and found the boy with a gunshot wound in his chest.

'Family and friends had gathered earlier to celebrate the birthday of the three-year-old, and while playing cards, heard a gunshot,' a press release said. 

THe Montgomery County Sheriff's Office announced the death of a three-year-old boy on Saturday in Porter, Texas

Authorities eventually learned that the boy found the pistol after it fell out of a family member's pocket.

The young toddler was rushed to the nearest fire station, where he succumbed to his wounds and died that evening. 

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident.,' the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office added. 

The heartbreaking incident comes amid a swath of similar cases involving children and gun safety. 

When Montgomery County police arrived to the home, they discovered the small boy had a gunshot wound in his chest

On October 22, a five-year-old girl was shot dead by a young family member who used an unsecured gun found inside a Merced, California, home. 

The Gun Violence Archive reports that 1,063 children under the age of 18 have been killed by guns, while 2,926 have been injured.

The Gun Safety Support Fund said there have been at least 229 unintentional shootings by children this year, leaving 87 dead and 139 injured.    

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