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Toddler killed in Sandy gun accident

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SANDY — A 2-year-old Colorado boy died Tuesday evening after accidentally shooting himself while on vacation at his grandparent's home in Sandy.

Police have identified the boy as Ethan Hearty.

Sandy City Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said the incident happened just after 7 p.m. at the home near 8800 South and 500 East. The child's mother, a grandparent and two of the boy's siblings were at the house at the time.

The toddler apparently found a 9mm handgun in the master bedroom of the home, police said. When the grabbed it, the gun discharged.

Arnold said the bullet struck the child in the head. He was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy and his family were visiting the grandparents for a summer vacation.

The family was visiting from Denver. The boy's father was heading to the airport at the time of the accident, but police said both parents went to the hospital

There were still a lot of unanswered questions Tuesday night, especially regarding how the 2-year-old even get a hold of the gun.

As police investigate and learn what happened, KSL News will pass along the latest details.



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