Mount Vernon News
 
 

Mount Vernon News
May 29, 2012 5:17 pm EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Three-year-old Lucas Heagren died early this morning, just six hours after shooting himself in the head with a gun that was left on the family television. A representative of the Summit County Coroner’s Office confirmed the toddler died at 12:10 a.m.

Kaitlin Campbell called 9-1-1 just after 6 p.m. and reported her son had shot himself above his left eye with a 9mm weapon, and was still breathing.

Campbell told the dispatcher the gun was located on the top of the television “where he usually can’t reach it.”

Lucas was transported to Knox Community Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Shaffer called the incident “an unfortunate accident” and said the information gathered during the investigation leads him to believe the victim is the one who pulled the trigger of the handgun.

According to a press release issued by Knox County Sheriff David Barber at 3:42 p.m., a .45 caliber handgun involved in the shooting was recovered from the residence. The investigation is ongoing as the parents have yet to be interviewed. Barber said the case would be turned over to the Knox County Prosecutor for review.


12:35 p.m. update

MOUNT VERNON — Three-year-old Lucas Heagren died early this morning, just six hours after shooting himself in the head with a gun that was left on the family television.

A representative of the Summit County Coroner’s Office confirmed the toddler died at 12:10 a.m.

Kaitlin Campbell called 9-1-1 just after 6 p.m. and reported her son had shot himself above his left eye with a 9mm weapon, and was still breathing.

Campbell told the dispatcher the gun was located on the top of the television “where he usually can’t reach it.”

Lucas was transported to Knox Community Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Shaffer called the incident “an unfortunate accident” and said the information gathered during the investigation leads him to believe the victim is the one who pulled the trigger of the handgun, although no make, model or caliber of the weapon was confirmed.

At the time of the interview, Shaffer said the family was with the child and had yet to be interviewed regarding the events that led up to the shooting.

The News was told this morning that Shaffer was working on a press release regarding the shooting. That release was not available just after noon today.

 


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