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Police identify 3-year-old who died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

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VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) -

Police say that a 3-year-old has died after a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 2000 block of Ford Street in Vicksburg. 

He has been identified by Vicksburg police as 3-year-old Jayceon Karter O'Neal.

"I heard sirens," said Sammie Hearron, who lives just down the road from where the shooting happened. "They stopped and they started back. Yeah, they were close by."

Authorities believe the gunshot was self-inflicted because the child was playing with the gun, but are still actively investigating.

"That child will never be with them, ever grow up and go to college, have a job, get married, have children," said Mack Hearron, Sammie Hearron's son. "That child was taken from them because of an irresponsible grown-up."

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong says the child was handling the firearm while the father was asleep. 

They do not suspect foul play.

"Somebody should be responsible and held accountable for that gun being put in a very easy place for a three-year-old child to grab," said Mr. Hearron.

No charges have been filed at the moment, but any charges will depend on how or where the weapon was secured. 

"That's not normal for around this area." said Carla Tracy, Sammie Hearron's daughter. "Actually, that's not normal for anywhere."

Vicksburg police haven't specified what the exact charges against the father might be. 

This is a developing story. We will update this as more information becomes available.

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