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Michael Garcia Jr., 2-Year-Old Florida Boy, Shoots Self With Mother's .45 Caliber Handgun

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Michael Garcia, Jr.
Michael Garcia, Jr.

An Orange County, Fla., boy is lucky to be alive after he shot himself in the legs with a .45 caliber handgun registered to his mother on Tuesday night.

WFTV identified the boy as 2-year-old Michael Garcia, Jr., and reported that no charges have been filed.

According to WESH, the 2-year-old suffered "single gunshot wounds" to both of his legs, but that the injuries were not life-threatening.

Orange County sheriff's deputies told the station that the gun had been left unsecured in a bedroom. Two adults were home at the time of the shooting, but neither appeared to have been watching the boy. Deputies said the shooting appeared to be accidental.

According to WFTV, the Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating.

"I'm trying to figure out how a 2-year-old pulled the trigger on a .45," neighbor Andre Demos told the station.

Incidents involving young children and guns often prove fatal. Earlier this year a 4-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shot his sister with his grandfather's .38 caliber handgun.

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