05/01/2006

N.Y. boy, 10, shoots self with dad's police gun

MASSAPEQUA, New York — A 10-year-old boy shot himself in the head with his father's police gun while playing in the basement at his Long Island home, authorities said. He was hospitalized Monday on a life-support system.

Tyler Dunne's mother and little sister were home with him when the shooting took place around 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Nassau County police said they were trying to figure out where the .38-caliber handgun was in the house and how the boy got it.

The boy's father, Joseph Dunne, is an officer with the New York Police Department. He was at work when his son shot himself, neighbors said.

The NYPD referred questions about the officer and the shooting to Nassau County police, who didn't immediately release any other information.

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