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Coroner identifies 2-year-old that SC cops said died after accidentally shooting himself

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DES Training, Inc. owner and instructor Elizabeth Saunders explains basic gun safety measures and what she teaches people seeking their CWP in North and South Carolina.
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DES Training, Inc. owner and instructor Elizabeth Saunders explains basic gun safety measures and what she teaches people seeking their CWP in North and South Carolina.

A toddler died Thursday after accidentally shooting himself while playing with a gun, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 2-year-old boy was identified as Kayden John Stuber, according to a news release from Greenville County Coroner B. Parks Evans, Jr.

Just before 1:30 p.m., Stuber “retrieved a gun from inside the house and accidentally shot himself,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

When deputies responded to a 911 call, they provided medical aid to the boy, before EMS took him to an area hospital, according to the news release.

The toddler was pronounced dead before the ambulance made it to the hospital, the sheriff’s office said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, according to the coroner’s office.

The shooting is under investigation by the coroner and sheriff’s office.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

In a video produced by the Marion County Public Health Department, an Indianapolis police officer demonstrates how to secure a gun with a trigger lock. Police recommend gun owners use the devices to prevent accidental shootings.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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