A three-year-old boy from South Carolina has died after officials say he accidentally shot himself in the head at a Columbia apartment complex.
Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Wyndham Pointe Apartments on Brighton Hill Road at around 6pm for a report of a shooting.
By the time they arrived, the toddler’s family had already rushed him to the hospital.
Officers at the scene were told by a witness that the boy, identified by the county coroner on Thursday as Liam Myers, had accidentally fired a gun, with the bullet striking him in the head, WISTV reported.
Liam was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour after the incident.
It is unknown at this time how the boy was able to gain access to the loaded firearm, described in a redact incident report obtained by DailyMail.com as a Glock 45.
Police later found the 9mm semi-automatic handgun stashed under a mattress in the blood-spattered apartment.
According to the report, several adults, including Liam’s 22-year-old mother, were in the apartment talking when they heard a gunshot go off in another room.
Officials said the boy did not live at the apartment complex where he was shot. He lived with his family at another apartment complex in northwest Columbia, reported WISTV.
Family members took to Facebook on Thursday to mourn the child’s tragic death.
His aunt shared multiple photos of Liam laughing and playing with his young cousins, and wrote in a status update that he was her younger brother’s only son.
‘Rest In Heaven Young King I love you baby boy,’ she added.
Liam’s father, Devin Myers, also expressed his grief in a separate social media post, revealing that an hour before the shooting, the toddler called him on the phone and asked to come stay at his house.
‘Now you can always be at daddy’s house and watch over and protect me,’ Myers wrote.
As of Thursday afternoon, no one has been arrested or charged in connection to the boy’s death, but officials are still investigating, according to WLTX.
Devin Myers, who is black, made national headlines in August 2019 when he was seen in a viral Facebook Live video being detained by Michigan police officers for 20 minutes after a white woman called 911 to report that he was looking at her ‘suspiciously’ while she was parking her car in Royal Oak.
Myers, who remained calm throughout the ordeal, could be heard apologizing to the officers for wasting their time. He was eventually allowed to leave after a supervising officers arrived on the scene.
The traffic stop sparked a civil rights investigation by the state attorney general and led to the resignation of one of the officers who stopped Myers.
A month later, Myers was arrested in Michigan on a charge of fleeing state police stemming from an incident that took place in July of last year, in which the 20-year-old allegedly led police on a chase with speeds reaching 124mph.