Police investigating fatal shooting of 4-year-old

- The Tampa Police Department is investigating an incident that left a 4-year-old dead. 

Police responded to a report of a child seriously injured just before 6:00 p.m. at a home on East Hannah Ave.

They said preliminary evidence shows the child, Ashton Gooding, found the loaded firearm and shot himself. He was transported to the hospital with life threatening injures and has since passed away.

Neighbors in and around the area were shaken by the incident. 

"It's concerning, very concerning because you think why wasn't the child supervised, why did he get a gun in his hands," said Saundra Heiser.

It remains unknown how the child located the firearm and whether any adult was home. Police said the State Attorney's Office is reviewing the case to determine whether charges will be applied.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Police investigating fatal shooting of 4-year-old
  • Judge, quoting Carly Simon, denies request to move trial so witness can watch eclipse
  • Sundial, Bok Tower Gardens popular for eclipse-watchers
  • Search for female TV thief who struck twice, deputies say
  • Busy MacDill AFB about to get busier
  • Building codes have changed in 25 years since Hurricane Andrew
  • Donate used solar eclipse glasses to kids in South America, Asia
  • Manatee Co. monument brings protesters Monday night
  • Man who hit tow truck driver takes plea deal
  • Elderly woman followed home from store, robbed in driveway