Little boy fatally shoots himself at home in Kansas City; father calls for help

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A boy who police say is under three-years old, reportedly shot and killed himself early Sunday morning at a home in south Kansas City.

That's what the father says happened at the home on S. Bannister Road near Lydia at about 1:13 a.m. The father of the child was home at the time of the shooting and called police.

Police found the boy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another child was with the victim at the time of the shooting, a police spokesperson said.

Neighbors said something needs to be done, and it all starts with the parents.

"Get your kids together and protect your kids, because we're not protecting our kids; we're not taking care of things we need to do," said one neighbor.

Investigators are working to determine who owned the gun, and how the child was able to get a hold of it.

Police said this is the fourth child under the age of 16 to die from being shot in Kansas City, Mo. this year.