Jaiden Pratt, 4, died early Sunday morning after finding his father’s handgun and shooting himself in Houston, Texas (video below).
Houston Police Sgt. Harris told KTRK-TV that father and son had gone to sleep on the couch. After waking up, Jaiden picked up the gun, which belonged to dad Marquez Pratt, and accidentally fired a bullet into his own stomach.
“This is not a case of a responsible homeowner having a weapon for protection,” Sgt. Harris said.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the serial number of the handgun was listed stolen. Marquez Pratt is expected to face charges resulting from drugs and weapons found in the home.
"[Marquez] kept saying, ‘I messed up. I messed up,'" Sgt. Harris said. “He’s in mourning. He’s in pain and feels a lot of self guilt… Despite the choices he made and the lifestyle he was leading, it doesn’t take away the love a father has for a son.”
Police had to restrain a grieving female family member, who later arrived at scene and began yelling: “I’m gonna kill him! I’m gonna kill him!”