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4-Year-Old Home Alone Accidentally Shot Himself

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 15:11:00-05

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face with a gun he found while home alone.

Auburndale Deputy Chief Andy Ray told The Ledger that Avion Weaver died at a hospital late Friday.

Ray said the 26-year-old owner of the semi-automatic handgun could face charges.

Ray said the man told detectives that the gun had been on a kitchen counter in a box. However, Ray said the box hasn't been found, and the gun's owner initially told investigators that Avion had fallen and hit his head on a table.

Witnesses said the man left Avion watching TV while he went outside. Authorities said Avion was found wounded after people heard a popping sound inside.

The man lives with Avion's mother, who police said had been picking up her car.