5-year-old Anchorage boy dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Published: Dec. 5, 2017 at 8:42 AM AKST
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Just after midnight, a young boy was found dead in his Anchorage home, police say after he shot himself with a loaded gun.

The child, identified as Christian Johnnson, 5, allegedly found the gun inside the drawer of a bedroom nightstand.

Police were notified of the death just before 12:30 a.m. early Tuesday, at a home on the 5700 block of Rocky Mountain Court.

APD says the boy's mother was in the kitchen preparing food, and the father was in another room when they heard the gunshot.

The boy had a single wound in his upper body.

Police issued a statement via community alert, calling the news a "tragic reminder" about gun safety.

"Don’t leave guns unattended and easily accessible, use a gun lock or secure guns in a safe," MJ Thim, spokesperson for APD, said in the statement.

The death is currently being investigated. Any charges, including those extending to the parents of Johnnson, will be determined by the Anchorage District Attorney's office.