Update: Authorities have now identified the young child as 3-year old Anthony Lotorre Junior. It was determined that the victim had woke up and went to the garage and was playing in the family car. The victim found a semi-automatic pistol that was in the car and accidentally discharged the weapon.
(Monett, Mo.) The Monett Police Department is investigating an early morning fatal shooting involving a young child.
Questions remain unanswered as to what happened inside this home early this morning after police found a young child fatally wounded.
"Emergency services responded and found there was an unresponsive preschool aged child that had suffered a gunshot wound," explains Lieutenant Greg Brandsma, Monett Police Department.
Lt.Brandsma says investigators were called to a residence in the 500 block of Pleasant Drive at 6 a.m. for a call about an unattended death.
"It’s always a difficult situation, very traumatic event, not only for the family but for the officers involved that have to review and do the investigation of the scene."
Police spent several hour on the scene taking photos and canvassing the neighborhood. They say they are investigating all motives .
"At this point we have not labeled this a homicide as such, but we are reviewing the information that we have to come to some conclusion in to regards to what events led up to the gun going off and what occurred here."
Neighbors like Glenda Callan are overwhelmed by the news that a child's life was cut short.
"It is sad and you know their little life just began basically and yeah that is bad," says Callan.
Brandsma says the tragedy is a stark reminder to gun owners to keep their weapons out of reach of children.
"If someone does own a gun and they do have children it’s important that they take measures that are appropriate to safety measures," explains Lt. Brandsma.