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Denver police say 3-year-old dies after he accidentally shot himself

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 19:00:31-04

DENVER — Police in Denver announced Monday that a 3-year-old boy died at a hospital after he accidentally shot himself more than a week ago.

On April 17, the Denver Police Department learned that a person in a private vehicle had transported a 3-year-old boy to a hospital around 5:20 p.m. that evening.

The child had a gunshot wound and was listed in critical condition, police said. They tweeted on Monday that the child had died.

Based on their preliminary investigation, police said the shooting happened inside a car along the 1700 block of S. Pecos Street.

Police initially said that the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted. They said Monday that the investigation into this incident was ongoing and there were no arrests to report at the time.

On May 20, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner identified the boy as Manuel Lopez IV and said his manner of death was an accident.