Pennsylvania Boy, 4, Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself in the Face

A 4-year-old boy in Pennsylvania has died after he accidentally shot himself in the face.

Pittsburgh police responded to reports that a young boy named Ajani Lane had fatally shot himself by accident. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is an unimaginable tragedy, and everyone at Pittsburgh Public Safety is shaken by the death of this little boy,” Cara Cruz, public information officer for Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety told PEOPLE. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ajani Lane.” Ajani’s mother, Natwauna Lane, says the boy was with relatives when he accidentally shot himself.

In an effort to prevent more gun-related deaths, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police announced on Tuesday that it would be giving away free gun locks to the community while they have supplies in stock, PEOPLE reports.

In a news release, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich urged locals to take the time to lock their guns. “Taking five to ten minutes to place the lock on a gun could potentially save a life,” said Hissrich. “That’s what we’re trying to get out to the public today, that these locks are available.”

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