DALE CITY, Va. (WUSA) --- A four-year-old boy died after shooting himself in the head after finding a handgun in an unlocked pickup truck parked in front of his home on Empire Street here.
Family members were in the home at the time of the Wednesday afternoon shooting but police say it appears Kyrell Kyyon McNeill was alone when he entered the truck and fired the gun.
Neighbors rushed to the truck after hearing the gunshot, which was followed moments later by the screams of the boy's mother.
They say ambulance workers arrived quickly but the boy could not be saved.
9NewsNow talked with the boy's great grandfather, Timothy McClein. He says Kyrell is one of 7 children he helped raise. He says Kyrell climbed into his pickup truck that he lent to the boy's stepfather.
"My heart is heavy. I've got so much sorrow in my body it's pitiful. I raised those kids. They're my great grandchildren but they are my kids."
McClein lost his wife of 44 years 7 months ago. He says the boy's brothers are trying to comfort each other.
"The brother said the other one. Don't cry. He's with Nannie now. Nannie's my wife. He said don't cry."
Next-door neighbor Javiar Garcia used to give quarters to the boy, and enjoyed watching the child push his scooter up and down the sidewalk that runs in front of their homes.
He had just parked his own car after running an errand when he heard the mother's screams and rushed to help.
"She said 'My baby's dead. My baby's dead,'" he said.
"I saw the baby in the back seat with (his body) down, and they had blood around and a little hole in his head too, and I said 'Oh my God, we have to call 9-11,"" he said.
The mother had already phoned to ask for help, he told 9News Now.
Neighbors expressed sadness and concern for the family, but one had strong feelings about what should happen next.
"My opinion is that the owner should be charged.
"Whether it's an illegal, weapon or a legal weapon, he should have had his vehicle locked," said neighbor Dave Brain.
"It's still under an active investigation. Once we determine whether or not there was negligence here, there are the potential for charges," said Prince William County police officer Jonathan Perok on Wednesday evening.
No charges have been filed as of Thursday night.