A 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy.
Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Associated Press.
Investigators determined that Tmorej and his 7-year-old sister had been playing with a pink handgun when the incident occurred.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler ruled the shooting an accidental homicide.
Fowler said that the shooting happened in a bedroom, while the boy’s grandparents were in the living room. The parents were not at home at the time.
You know some of you may remember that a number of years ago there was this big push to make sure that toy guns were manufactured in bright colors so that they would not be mistaken for real guns, after there were a number of incidents of police officers shooting children while under the impression they had actual weapons in their hands.
And do you know what? It really did help.
But what do you do when people buy REAL guns colored to appear harmless or toy like?
What do you do that is besides bury your three year old after he loses his life playing with it?
Remember guns don't kill people. But even babies can kill, or die, if they have on in their hand.