3-Year-Old Kills Self With Gun in Mom's Purse

'I'm not getting a pulse,' mother screamed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2015 10:55 AM CDT
3-Year-Old Kills Self With Gun in Mom's Purse

Police say a 3-year-old boy killed by a gunshot had been playing with a pistol he found in his mother's purse in their home near Cincinnati. In audio tape of a 911 call released by police, a woman identifying herself as the mother of Marques Green said she carried the gun in her purse, and had set her purse down after getting home. "My son just shot himself and I'm not getting a pulse," screamed the woman, who gave her name as Elizabeth Green in the call yesterday afternoon. "Oh, my God. Oh, my God, I'm not getting a pulse ... I don't think he's alive!" Sgt. Ed Buns says Hamilton police are working with the Butler County prosecutor's office to decide whether anyone should be charged in the case.

Police say the boy was wounded in the chest and pronounced dead at a hospital shortly afterward. The woman told the 911 dispatcher: "His eyes are open, but he's out." A neighbor says she heard a woman screaming and ran to her balcony to see what was happening. "She was holding her son and he was lifeless, just completely lifeless," Amanda Reed, who lives across the street, tells WLWT-TV. Earlier yesterday, a 16-year-old boy was arraigned in juvenile court on a charge of reckless homicide after the June 3 shooting of a 14-year-old boy that also happened in Hamilton. Investigators say they believe the boys were playing with a gun when it discharged, striking Gabriel Mejia in the head. He died last week. (More child shootings stories.)

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