A mother and her family are mourning the loss of a 5-year-old boy after he accidentally shot himself while playing with his mom’s gun.
Erica Esau usually kept the gun and ammunition in different hiding places in the home. One of the little boy’s brothers, Soufyon Khaliq, told KATV:
“Brennan had to be searching around some place because she wouldn’t just leave a gun out in the open.”
Brennan Esau wandered off to a separate part of the Little Rock, Arkansas house and started fooling around with the firearm. His mother left him home alone with his three older brothers — aged six, ten, and 14 — on Saturday. Lt. Michael Ford told FOX 16:
“She kept the gun and the magazine separate from each other and apparently she didn’t realize that maybe one was still in the chamber.”
Lt. Ford added:
“There weren’t any other kids in the room with him. They heard the gunshot and initially thought it was from outside, went through the house and found him.”
A neighbor called 911 when one of the boys asked for help after the gunshot wounded his brother, but the 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Erica took to Facebook to grieve her loss.

She wrote:
This is the hardest time in my life and I am asking everyone to keep us in your prayers as we go through the first phase of this long journey.
I love my kids with everything in me. A link of my chain is gone but with God I will carry on.
 The little boy was one of five boys in the family, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The community came together to support Erica and her family during the time of tragedy.
Police have not filed any charges but, continue to investigate Brennan’s death.

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