“Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split second away from one of these tragedies happening in their home,” he said.
The shooting, at a residence on the outskirts of Pine Bluff, remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office said. Pine Bluff, a city of around 40,000 residents, is 44 miles south of Little Rock.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services was notified of the shooting and arrived at the home to help assess the children’s welfare in the home. The boy’s body will be transferred to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, the sheriff’s office said.