Four-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Fatally Shoots Himself With After Finding Unsecured Handgun in His Home

The 4-year-old boy who found a gun and shot himself in his New Jersey home Friday night was in the residence with his parents and siblings.

Lincoln Mack of Pemberton Township was pronounced dead at nearby Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s emergency room after being rushed there with a gunshot wound to the cheek, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.

The investigation revealed that the boy gained access to an unsecured handgun in the home, Prosecutor Scott Coffina said. The evidence indicates that the shooting was accidental and appeared to be self-inflicted, he said.

“Our hearts are with Lincoln’s family in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy,” Coffina said. “However, an accident like this is entirely preventable. I urge everyone who owns a gun to go – right now – and make sure it is secure and not accessible to any children in their home.”

While authorities released the Lincoln’s name, they withheld his parents’ names. No charges were filed as of Saturday.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Burlington County Times, David Levinsky