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3 year old Tacoma boy accidentally shoots and kills himself

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March 14, 2012 -

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun he found in a car as a family made a stop early Wednesday at a Tacoma gas station.

Police say the man put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the boy's mother went inside the station. They left her son and the man's 4- or 5-year-old daughter in the car. 

Officers say the boy climbed out of his child seat, found the gun and accidentally shot himself. He was declared dead at a hospital. 

The girl was not injured, and the family has not been identified. Police say they are not from Tacoma and their car has Oregon plates.

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