Alabama sheriff says 5-year-old boy shot himself in head in fatal, ‘tragic’ accident

Criminal charges were not expected to be filed in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old boy that authorities in Alabama said was an accident.

The boy accidentally shot himself in the head Sunday while inside the family’s vehicle that was parked at a home in Harvest, news outlets reported.

A parent found the wounded child and called authorities. The boy was taken to a hospital in Madison where he was pronounced dead, according to news outlets.

“This is a tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said in a news release.

The boy’s name has not been released.

Madison County Schools spokesman Tim Hall confirmed the boy was a student in the district and said counselors would be provided to staff “who might need someone to talk with following this tragedy,” WAFF-TV reported.

News

Two Alabama teens shot, left in gas station parking lot, police say; one has life-threatening injuries

News

Alabama mail worker’s postal truck shot up Monday, police say no suspects yet

News

Alabama man killed after ATV strikes an embankment, throwing him from vehicle, state police say

News

Search for missing Alabama mother continues as her SUV is found, police say

News

Alabama woman loses leg in freak boating accident. Funds being raised for her recovery.

News

Cashier at Alabama convenience store recounts terrifying armed robbery

News

$100,000 and counting: Fans step up to support Alabama baseball team even as school closes doors forever

News

Police: Suspect arrested, accused of robbing two Alabama massage parlors after being denied sexual favors

News

Alabama teen collapses, dies on basketball court at Georgia youth center

News

Alabama man drowns while helping dock pontoon boat on Memorial Day

News

Alabama man dies after motorcycle collides with tractor-trailer Monday

News

Woman killed when massive tree falls on her apartment during storm, Alabama officials say

News

One person dead, another charged with murder in this small, Alabama town, police say

News

Alabama man killed when pickup truck strikes tree and flips over, state police say

News

Three injured when boat burst into flames on Alabama lake, state police say

News

Alabama man killed when pickup truck struck by 18-wheeler, state troopers say

News

Alabama man, woman charged with intentionally burning her 10-month-old baby

News

Alabama man charged with more than a dozen child sex charges, feds say

News

Man charged with using harassment, threats to coerce Alabama children to have sex in front of camera

News

Penalty for Alabama guard having sex with inmate? Two years in prison, feds say

News

Road rage incident leads to motorcyclist shooting SUV, police say

News

Alabama man paid Filipino women to sexually abuse their young children on video calls, prosectors say

News

Ex-Alabama cop who tried to get out of speeding ticket by flashing badge gets $25 fine, can never be cop in state again

News

Alabama boy shot while walking in park with his mother, police say