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2-year-old fatally shoots father in back, St. Louis police say

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders shortly before 8:45 p.m. Saturday

ST. LOUIS — A 2-year-old boy accidently shot his father in the back Saturday night, police said.

St. Louis police said the man was shot inside a home in the 1400 block of Castle Lane, south of downtown St. Louis in the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders shortly before 8:45 p.m.

In a preliminary report released Sunday morning, police said the man was shot while his 2-year-old son was handling a rifle.

The man's name has not been released. Police said he was in his 20s.

The department's homicide division is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.