A 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in his family’s car in front of his mother and younger sibling — as his father went into a Colorado marijuana dispensary, authorities said.
The child, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead Tuesday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head outside a pot shop in Manitou Springs, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators determined the boy’s mother, Ashlynne Perez, 25, was inside a car along with his younger sibling as their father, Carlos Perez, 26, went inside to make purchases at the dispensary.
“This is a tragic investigation that not only affects the family of the victim, but it affects our community and first responders,” sheriff officials said. “We want to remind the community to be sure to talk to your children about guns, even if you do not own guns.”
The incident occurred outside of a marijuana dispensary called Maggie’s Farm, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
The boy’s father, Carlos Perez, was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Jail. He was charged with criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death.El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
The shop was closed Tuesday