3-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting at apartment complex on Birch Street

Coroner confirms shooting death of 3-year-old was accidental

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A three-year-old boy was killed in an accidental shooting at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge on Jan. 25.

Police say Amir Antoine was transported to a hospital where he later died.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark has ruled Antoine’s death accidental. Dr. Clark said Antoine died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound due to the head.

The investigation into what happened is still ongoing. No further details have been released. No charges have been filed at this time.

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Neighbors say they heard a gunshot and saw the family run out of the house holding the boy, crying as they waited for EMS.

"I had heard the shot. I was unloading the drinks, one of my friends had brought some drinks, I was getting ready to go to my sister’s funeral,” said Anners Walker, who lives down the road. “We heard this pop and we looked down the street but we didn't see anything."

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Walters said she would occasionally see his family walking down the street with Antoine.

“I see them all the time and they speak and they seem to be very nice,” Walker said.

She said his loss is devastating.

“Too tragic,” she said. “I mean guns are things that shouldn’t be left around where children can get ahold of them.”

If you have guns in your home, The Baton Rouge Police Department urges you to lock them up either in a gun safe or with cable locks. If you do not have locks you can get them from BRPD. If you do not have them locked, you are urged to put them where children cannot access them.

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