Police: Man didn't immediately call 911 after 2-year-old shot self in head
A man is facing felony charges after a toddler shot himself in the head Saturday in California.
According to the Fresno Bee, 2-year-old Jace Alexander was found with a gunshot wound at a home along West Audubon Drive in Fresno. He died after being taken to the hospital.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Jace shot himself after discovering an unsecured Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol belonging to Oscar Ramos, a family friend of the child's father.
Ramos, 35, was booked on charges of criminal storage of a firearm. California law requires that firearms be kept away from children with a safe, gun box or other locking device.
"This was a death that was completely avoidable," Dyer said. "It's a responsibility to our children to store (firearms) in a safe and secure manner."
Jace Alexander was at home with his father's girlfriend, Jena Moya, and Ramos when the shooting occurred. Moya and Ramos were in another room when they heard a loud "pop" and found Jace with a head wound. Moya reportedly tried to call 911 but couldn't get through, so she asked Ramos to call.
For unknown reasons, Ramos did not call immediately. Instead, he paced around the home for 5 to 10 minutes before Moya was able to take the phone from him and call 911.
Ramos had been staying in the home and had been told on several occasions to secure his weapon.