Toddler playing with gun kills sleeping father in north St. Loui - KMOV.com

Toddler playing with gun kills sleeping father in north St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV.com) - Police say a 2-year-old boy has accidentally killed his father while playing with a gun in north St. Louis.

Police said the toddler shot 27-year-old Darrion Noble in the neck Saturday afternoon in the 5400 block of Arlington. The shooting happened while the boy was handling the firearm in a bed where his father was sleeping. Noble died at the scene.

It's unclear who the gun belonged to or how the child found it.

Three other children, ages 5, 11 and 13, were also inside the home when the shooting occurred. After hearing the gunshot, the children reportedly alerted neighbors and they contacted police.

Monday morning, police said homicide detectives are investigating but the incident does not appear to be criminal. 

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