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TRAGIC: 2 Year-old Dies After Finding Father’s Gun in Car’s Glove Box

January 22, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Tragedy struck a Florida family after A 2-year-old little boy was tragically killed after shooting himself in the chest Wednesday afternoon in East Lake area of north Pinellas County.

Police tape surrounds the home at 1094 Misty Hollow Lane, but the focus of the investigation is taken away on the back of a tow truck for processing. According to the Pinellas County sheriff, a tragic accident occurred inside the vehicle.

“Two and a half-year-old Kaleb was able to get a gun, turn the gun to his chest, pull the trigger and shoot and kill himself,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

As investigators processed the scene, it was a stark reminder for gun safety. There was no lock on the .380-caliber weapon that belong to Kaleb’s father, Kevin Ahle.

“They took reasonable steps, and you can lawfully keep a gun in a vehicle in the glove box. It was secured in the glove box itself,” said Gualtieri.

The sheriff said several witnesses corroborated the story that the child was in the vehicle alone, and at this point, it does not appear that any charges will be filed.

The family was getting ready to leave home in the father’s car, when Kaleb got into the vehicle, where the gun was in the glove box. Kaleb found the weapon and shot himself in the chest.

“It was a tragedy,” said Sheriff Paul Gualtieri. “Where everything lined up the wrong way.”

The father heard the gunshot, turned around and saw the wound, Gualtieri said. The father called for help, someone called 911, the mother and an aunt started CPR, and then EMS arrived and took Kaleb to the hospital.

The sheriff said it looks like the family took reasonable steps to secure the weapon.

It is a small gun, and the sheriff said it does not take much too much to pull the trigger. “(Kaleb) barely got the trigger pulled, but it was enough,” Gualtieri said, adding that the father carried the gun regularly.

The sheriff said there is no indication that the gun was illegal and he does not expect to charge the parents.

The call came in about 4:47 p.m.

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