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Father Kills Self After Son Accidentally Shoots Self (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

A South Carolina father killed himself after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot himself.

The child, Kyree Myers, of Columbia, South Carolina, reportedly died after he found a loaded gun in his family's home and accidentally shot himself, according to Daily Mail. The toddler's mother called 911, and police arrived shortly after.

When authorities showed up at the home, the child's father, 38-year-old Keon Myers, was reportedly threatening to shoot himself and was holding a gun.

Officers told him to drop the gun, but he ended up firing a single bullet into his head. The father and son were both taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the situation was "emotionally trying for responding officers."

"Our hearts are heavy at the tremendous loss of life," said Holbrook in a statement. "We have victim advocates assigned to the case to assist the family during this difficult time."

Holbrook added the responding officers would "participate in a debriefing to discuss the incident and receive further support as needed."

Police are investigating whether the father and son died from shots from the same gun, and if that weapon was obtained legally.

An 11-year-old boy in Memphis, Tennessee also accidentally shot himself after he found a gun at a bus stop. The boy was taken to the hospital after the incident and survived, according to The Commercial Appeal.

"This is an ongoing investigation. What we have right now is very little details, but we do have an 11-year-old that was shot," said Lt. Col. Caroline Mason. "We don't have all the particulars, but it was a small handgun and it did not belong to anyone in the home. We are still sorting out all the information."

Mason said the boy was at the bus stop near his home when the gun went off, injuring his right hand. He was reportedly the only child at the bus stop at the time.

The boy's grandmother then took him to Methodist South Hospital before he was transferred to LeBonheur Children's Hospital. The boy is expected to recover from the incident.

Detectives are still investigating to find out who owned the gun at the bus stop, AOL reports.

Free gun locks are available at precincts in the city, police in Memphis said. Police added that parents should teach their children about gun safety and tell them not to touch a gun if they find one. If they find a gun, they should tell an adult about the weapon and contact authorities.

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