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A toddler died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother in Louisa County.

The boy was one of two toddlers killed in a gun accident in Virginia on Tuesday. In Roanoke, another 2-year-old died after he shot himself. The deaths follow a third accidental shooting of a child this month—a Henrico County 4-year-old fatally shot himself just two weeks ago.

About 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bakers Branch Road where a 2-year-old boy had been shot once in the chest and was unresponsive.

Deputies performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. The child was taken to University of Virginia’s University Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

Police said the boy’s brother accidentally fired the gun. The gun was owned by the children’s father, who was at work at the time; their mother was in the home with the children when the shooting occurred.

Deputies are continuing to investigate.

In Roanoke, a 2-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself, police said.

People in a car flagged down police around noon, police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said. A man and woman in the car told the officer that their son had accidentally shot himself at their apartment.

The boy was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead at 12:49 p.m., Cline said.

Police are still working to determine what led up to the shooting. No charges had been filed Tuesday evening.

On May 9, 4-year-old Demetrius Jefferson found a firearm in an apartment in the 200 block of North Laburnum Avenue in Henrico and shot himself accidentally while his mother slept. Henrico authorities continue to investigate the case.


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The Roanoke Times staff writer Amy Friedenberger contributed to this report.

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