4-Year-Old Boy Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

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Troopers in Chestnuthill TWP, say a four-year-old boy, Bentley Koch, shot himself in the face.

Responders rushed the boy to the hospital, but the child did not make it.

A Neighbor, Ray Achey, knows the family and says the pre-schooler was a friendly child.

“My wife, when she takes my one grandson around the block on the golf cart, the little boy is always out in the driveway and they say hi to each other,” Ray Achey, a neighbor, said.

Neighbors say shots can often be heard in this neighborhood as hunting and target practice are so popular here, but the death of a child is heartbreaking.

Achey said what happened here is a stark reminder of the importance of gun safety for his grandkids.

“We are going to have a heart to heart about it, and I do not ever want to see them touching them, until they can take the hunting safety test,” Achey said.

State troopers say that young kids love to explore, making it especially important to make sure guns are locked up.

At that age, they sometimes don’t understand the difference between TV and real life and it’s sad,” Trooper David Peters said.

Peters adds that if the investigation reveals adults in the home were negligent they could face criminal charges. “How did a 4-year-old come in possession of a firearm? That’s something we want to look at.”

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