A 3-year-old American boy died after shooting himself in the head by accident. His father was charged on Friday for endangering a child’s life.

In Saint Louis, Missouri, 22 children have been killed in firearms incidents since the beginning of the year. The last, 3 years old, accidentally shot himself in the head on Thursday. His father was charged the next day for endangering the life of a child. The man, 28-year-old Rodney March II, had left the 40-caliber weapon at home, loaded. His son found the gun and shot himself in the head, says ABC News .

His mother immediately took the boy to the hospital. On the road, she met the police, to whom she asked for help. The officers practiced first aid on the young victim before putting her in their car and rushing to the hospital, where the child was finally pronounced dead. “It is tragic to lose someone in any way. Certainly more tragic when we lose someone because of gunshots (…). It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking for the family, for the people involved, and I’ll tell you it’s also heartbreaking for the police involved in this case, “said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar on Thursday. ‘a press conference.

According to Gun Violence Archive , the number of children under the age of 11 killed or wounded by firearms since the beginning of the year in the United States stands at 493.