- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Prince George’s County police are investigating how a toddler got hold of the gun he used to fatally shoot himself in his family’s apartment Monday night.

The toddler was identified Tuesday as 2-year-old Davion Shamar Prince of the 6200 block of Oxon Hill Road.

Officers received a call at about 8 p.m. saying the boy had “shot himself,” police spokesman Cpl. Larry Johnson said.

Cpl. Johnson said the mother heard the gunshot from another room, then ran in to find her son seriously wounded. Davion was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The name of the mother was not released.

Dawn Pittman, a neighbor in the Riverside Plaza apartments, described the family as normal and nice.

“She was very attentive, and he was an active 2-year-old little boy,” Ms. Pittman said. “We knew them as neighbors. We saw each other, we spoke. They were nice people.”

Ms. Pittman said she didn’t hear the gunshot one floor below her and she wasn’t sure what happened until the forensics team and television crews arrived.arges

No charges have been filed.

In July, a 4-year-old boy was wounded by his 5-year-old friend while the two were at a playground outside a Temple Hills apartment complex in Prince George’s County.



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