In the ongoing investigation into the tragic shooting of a 3-year-old last Friday in Greenville, SC, Deputy Coroner Jeff Folwer has determined Temorej Smith’s death accidental.
According to official reports, Temorej was playing with his 7-year-old sister when a pink handgun which they thought was a toy discharged, striking the toddler in his head.
Unfortunately, their grandparents were close by in the living room, unaware of what was happening in the bedroom. Their parents were away from the house at the time of the incident.
Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg contended that this was another unnecessary tragedy that underscores the fact that gun owners must secure and stash weapons away from the reach of children.
“If you have guns, if you own guns mostly we would prefer you have them in a lock box,” Bragg told Greenville’s News 4. “At least have them out of the reach of children.”
Bragg said no one was in custody at this time. Police have yet to say who fired the weapon.