The Fayetteville Police Department said a 2-year-old girl died after accidentally shooting herself Saturday afternoon.
Police said officers responded to the 2600 block of Graham Road around 12:40 p.m. Responding officers found a 2-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound.
Investigators said the girl was not breathing when they first responded. She was transported immediately to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and police believe EMS performed CPR on the way in attempts to save her.
"The child sustained the injuries due to an unsecured handgun in the residence. We have obtained that handgun," said Cpt. Charles Hunter with the Fayetteville Police Department.
The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.
Police said the girl found the loaded weapon and it discharged, killing her.
Neighbors nicknamed the two year old girl, "Coco" and said she was full of happiness and life. But after what police are calling a tragic accident, they plan on moving soon. "She was just in my yard playing with my dog and for something like this to happen you know it's devastating" said duplex neighbor Byron Brown.
Brown's family lives right next door and he said "The gun shouldn't have been in her presence. She shouldn't have been able to look at it let alone touch it."
Captain Charles Hunter said, "The weapons were unsecured in a location where the child could have found it."
Dave Smith lives just a few blocks away and said his daughter was planning on visiting soon, but now he won't let her come.
Felicia Brown said there's been one too many shootings in the neighborhood and that the latest shooting, albeit accidental, was the last straw. She's moving as soon as possible.
Currently no charges have been filed yet, but the police say as the investigation continues, that will most likely change.