LLANO — A 3-year-old boy who died of a gunshot wound Tuesday was one of six children left unattended in a mobile home with a loaded rifle, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday.
The .22-caliber rifle was accidentally fired about 2:30 p.m. by Edgar Waldo Medina's 7-year-old brother, Lt. Joe Brown said. One bullet hit Edgar in the head, and the sound of the gunshot brought Medina's father, Tomas, running inside.
Tomas Medina had just left his mobile home, near a remote stretch of Pearblossom Highway, and was in the yard while the children, all under age 10, stayed inside, Brown said.
After the shooting, Medina carried Edgar--his head wrapped in a T-shirt--to a neighbor's home, where he called paramedics, Brown said. The Medina residence, situated 100 yards from the highway, has no telephone.