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9-month-old dies after father’s gun goes off by accident

Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-26 11:00:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS (PIX11) — A 9-month-old baby in Indiana died Thursday after he was shot in the head by accident, WXIN reported.

John Hambaugh III, 31, was cleaning his loaded handgun on Wednesday when it went off. The bullet went through his left thigh and hit the Jacob Hambaugh in the head, who was standing next to him, officials said.

Jacob Hambaugh died Thursday after he was accidentally shot in the head as his father cleaned his handgun.. (Photo: WXIN)

Jacob Hambaugh died Thursday after he was accidentally shot in the head as his father cleaned his handgun.. (Photo: WXIN)

Father and son were transported to a nearby hospital. John Hambaugh was treated and released, but Jacob Hambaugh remained on life support until Thursday around 7:45 p.m.

“The basic premise of all firearm safety is that you do not handle or manipulate a firearm around other people or in any kind of manner that would cause danger to other people without first being certain that there is not a loaded round in the weapons chamber,” Sheriff Steven Rogers said.

Police said the shooting was accidental. The case remain under investigation.