2-year-old shoots himself with father's gun in Clive

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CLIVE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A 2-year-old child was taken to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines Sunday morning after police say he accidentally shot himself.

Clive police and fire rescue personnel were sent to the Sterling Inn at 11428 Forrest Ave. just after 9:30 a.m. for reports of a gunshot victim.

When emergency personnel arrived, they found a 2-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. The toddler was taken to the hospital with a serious injury, though KCCI says his condition wasn't known as of midday Sunday.

A preliminary investigation found a child and his family were staying at the Sterling Inn when he found a loaded, unsecured .45-caliber handgun in a piece of luggage. The child picked up the weapon out of the luggage and pulled the trigger, police said.

Authorities say the bullet went into the child's upper chest, passed through his neck and is believed to have lodged in a wall.

The name of the child and his family are not being released, pending notification of relatives.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case. Any possible charging decisions will be made in consultation with the Polk County Attorney's Office.

Police said the child's father had a valid Iowa permit to carry a handgun.