Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating an early morning fatal shooting that occurred July 6 in the Town of Halifax. At this stage of the investigation, the shooting appears to be accidental in nature, according to a VSP statement.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., the Town of Halifax Police responded to a residence in the 5100 block of Halifax Road for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a 3-year-old male suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to VSP. The child was transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injury. His remains are being transported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.
A handgun was recovered at the scene. None of the three adults nor an additional juvenile inside the residence at the time of the shooting was injured, police say. No charges have been placed as the investigation remains ongoing at this time, in consultation with the Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney.