UPDATE (3:55 p.m. on Friday, April 8): Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood tells us that the boy got a hold of a handgun and accidentally shot himself.

“You know I’ve seen a lot of things happen in the short time I’ve been sheriff for 10 years,” said Sheriff Wood. “I mean I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff happen. These are a little different. With a young child like that its just a tragedy.”

Sheriff Wood stressed the importance of gun safety, saying it’s important to keep guns unloaded and safely locked away.

“You know we all want to be protected at home,” said Woods. “We have a gun at home to protect ourselves or a baseball bat, or golf club. People have to take into consideration that a firearm is just something you don’t leave laying around.”

Sheriff Wood says an accident like this is heartbreaking to see.

“This something that shocks and rocks a community terrible,” said Sheriff Wood. “I mean you have a youngster like this. 3-years-old. I have a grandkid that’s three, so it’s a big thing to me and all my guys. It’s an impact that the parents have to deal with now, it’s not good.”

UPDATE (11:16 a.m. on Friday, April 8): Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says that the 3-year-old boy who was rushed to the hospital Friday morning has died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK)—A small child was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound on Friday morning.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says that a 3-year-old child suffered a gunshot wound.

Meigs and Gallia County deputies responded to the scene on Price Strong Rd. and have taken the child to the hospital.

There is no word yet on how the child was shot or the extent of their injuries.

This is a developing story, and we will provide updates as new information becomes available.