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SALINA, Kansas — A 7-year-old Salina boy died Saturday night after accidentally shooting himself Friday afternoon.
Gavin Brummett was shot in the head while handling a handgun with his dad and brother on their rural property near Salina.
Saline County Sheriff’s officials said that’s when Brummett’s father heard two shots and saw that Gavin had shot himself. He was rushed to Salina Regional Health Center, and then airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he died.
Deputies say the incident highlights the importance of extreme caution with firearms–especially around children.
“Just the basic firearm safety,” Rick Heinrich of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office said. “Where the parents are with the child and supervising very closely watching what they do and working with them and having that close parental supervision right there with them.”
Sheriff’s investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on Monday and will be holding a briefing then with more information.
Family friends have set up a memorial page where people can donate to a fund for the Brummett family to cover funeral expenses and other incidental costs.