A ten year old boy has shot himself dead at Chindebvu Village, in the area of Traditional Authority Kapeni in Blantyre district while playing with his grandfather’s gun, police say.
According to police, the boy, identified as Omar Cheucheu sneaked into his grandparents bedroom where he started playing with the gun that the family owns.
It is said while playing with the firearm, the young boy accidentally pulled a trigger and shot himself dead.
His elder brother went to the bedroom after hearing the gun shots and found him in pool of blood dead.
After this, Omar was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The grandfather has been summoned by the police to verify is the gun was licences or it was being illegally kept which is contrary to the Constitution section on keeping amoury weapons at households.
Chileka police publicists, Peter Mchiza has since reminded those possessing guns or any other harmful weapons to ensure total security of the items so that children must not reach out to them.
He further said parents should also warn their children the dangers of such weapons as to create an alarm and awareness to the children other than just hiding them away thinking they are safe.