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Paulding County toddler dead after shooting self with gun found in backpack

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The pastor for the family says they need prayer after a three-year-old shot himself in the chest Tuesday morning in Paulding County. (SOURCE: Pastor for family) The pastor for the family says they need prayer after a three-year-old shot himself in the chest Tuesday morning in Paulding County. (SOURCE: Pastor for family)
PAULDING COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Warning: The 911 call is very emotional and may be difficult for some to hear. 

The 911 call made after a 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself has been released.

The shooting happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Camp Circle in Dallas.

Holston Cole was taken to Paulding-Wellstar Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Holston's father, David Cole, can be heard yelling, “No..No..get to my house please quick" to the 911 operator. The call was very emotional.

In the 911 call, Cole said Holston got the gun out of his book bag, however detectives are not ready to release where the gun was located and how Holston obtained the gun.

Detectives said they believe that the child got the Ruger LCP .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, owned by Cole, from inside the residence and accidentally shot himself.

Forensic pathologists said the gunshot wound was consistent with being both accidental and self-inflicted.

Holston's parents, David and Haley Cole, released the following statement:

"The family appreciates all the prayers from the community and would ask for the courtesy of privacy during this time. One thing remains, God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for everyone and He rose from the grave. When we believe in Him, death is not the end, but the beginning of everlasting life with Jesus."

A family friend and local pastor said the Cole family is devastated.

"God's ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts and that he’s faithful in everything he does. That helps that doesn’t fully remove the sting. Obviously we’re going to miss having this guy around," said pastor Paul Richardson.

He said the boy's father sent him a text after the accident.

"Father sent me a text this morning. He said that an accident had occurred and asked for prayers," said Richardson.

No charges were filed in the case.

The victim lived in the home with his father, mother and twin sisters.

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