Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin says the 33-year-old Martinsville man had brought his gun with him Friday to a home he was remodeling in Salem, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.Goodin says the man, his wife, their three children and a juvenile relative were at the home when the 3-year-old boy apparently found the gun and it accidentally discharged, fatally wounding the man.Goodin says the case remains under investigation and prosecutors will determine if any adult should face charges. He calls the case a "tragic accident and a tragic mistake" of leaving a gun within a child's reach.
UPDATE (7/16/12): The man's name was Michael Bayless. From another article:
Michael Bayless, 33, was watching TV when his son gained access to the weapon and accidentally fired shots, according to a local ABC outlet. Bayless was pronounced dead on the scene.
No one else was injured.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin suspects no foul play.
"We think that this is purely a tragic accident that happened," the officer told WLBT.
Neighbors in Salem are devastated at the turn of events. Bill Smith, the owner of a nearby general store, called the incident "a sad day in a nice family's life."
Police will continue to investigate why the weapon was within reach of a 3-year-old.There are too many "tragic accidents" like this in America.