- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in eastern Arizona that killed an 18-month-old boy.

Payson police say the toddler was playing with his 3-year-old brother around noon Tuesday when they found a gun inside their apartment.

They say the weapon discharged and the toddler was shot in the head.

The child was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

His name wasn’t immediately released.



Police say the two boys and their mother were visiting a 78-year-old family friend at an apartment in the same complex in which they reside.

The mother and friend heard a gunshot and went to a back bedroom in the apartment and saw the wounded toddler.

Police say detectives are serving a search warrant at the apartment as part of their investigation.

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