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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A heartbreaking and emotional scene on Fairgreen Avenue in Youngstown after a grandmother finds her four-year-old grandson, Raytwon Briggs shot in the head.

"They found a gun and he got shot in the head ... Please!," was heard during the 911 call.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The little boy had been playing with his five-year-old brother when his grandmother heard a loud pop.

The victim's one-year-old sister was also in the home.

"It was probably accidental but we still need to substantiate this with the evidence we found and the statements we took," said Youngstown police chief Rod Foley. "We're looking into how these individuals got access to the firearms."

A total of three loaded guns were recovered from the apartment as evidence.

At least two guns had bullets in the chamber with high-capacity magazines attached.

The victim's grandmother told police her 26-year-old son keeps the weapons under a mattress.

"It's going to take at least a couple of days before we're a little more positive where we're at. But we don't think it was any intentional murder or anything," Foley says.

However, the Deputy Coroner states in his report: "There is equally sufficient evidence from the scene and autopsy to suggest either an accident or a homicide. The coroner's office will not rule on the manner of death until the investigation is complete."

Meanwhile, neighbors are holding their children a little tighter, saying it's a tragic reminder to make sure all guns are locked away and out of the reach of a child.

"I just feel bad for the mom and the father also ... that a little young life had been taken," says neighbor Willie Duck. 

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