Two-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Her Four-Year-Old Cousin

This morning, at 9:16 a.m. deputies and medical aid responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Duffy Street in Muscoy, following a report of a shooting. Deputies arrived and found a two-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased at 10:02 a.m.
Sheriff’s specialized investigators responded to conduct a probe of the incident. They determined a four-year-old boy, the victim’s cousin, was in possession of a handgun and accidentally shot the two-year-old.
Investigators interviewed several people who were at the home at the time of the shooting, and as a result they determined that Cesar Lopez, the victim’s grandfather, left the gun in an area that was accessible to the children. Lopez, 53, was arrested and will be booked for child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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