A toddler is dead after an accidentally self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Joliet police.
BRONAGH TUMULTY: Good evening, guys. Yeah that press conference wrapped up inside the last hour. The 911 call came in just before 9:00 this morning, and the house for all of this happened is less than five minutes from the police station here in Joliet, so officers were able to get over there pretty quickly. Now, the call came from a home on South Eastern Avenue. Police say a two-year-old boy was inside with his dad when he found a loaded gun inside of a TV stand in the living room. We're told the child shot himself in the head, and the father was the one who made that emergency call.
When first responder's arrived, the dad, seemingly under the direction of dispatchers, had moved the child to a kitchen table so that he'd be on a hard surface per despatching protocol. First responder's attempted to save the little boy's life. He was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center, but he did pass away there from his injuries. Now, the family, understandably, didn't want to speak with us today. But one of the neighbors, Maria Quintero, did and she tells us she often saw the little boy with his dad outside, but didn't realize anything was wrong today until she saw all of those police officers pull up and heard screaming from next door.
MARIA QUINTERO: Me see the daddy walking a baby in the morning, and me go back and lay down because me working at night. And then the police knocked the door in and say, me see something. Me not see. But I hear when we go back on my dog, girl screaming there. Daddy. Something pain. They is inside that house.
BRONAGH TUMULTY: Now, we'll take a quick look at some gun statistics while we're waiting on that press conference to start. And according to the Nationwide Children's Hospital, nearly 1,300 children die from guns in America every single year. Police here reminding parents today that if you own a weapon make sure it is locked up away properly. We're told the gun in this incident was legally owned by the child's father. Right now, it's not clear if any charges could be filed down the line over the little boy being able to access that gun. Police telling us, right now they're investigating this as an accidental death and a tragedy. We're live in Joliet, Bronagh Tumulty, WGN News.