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article imageTexas father shoots, kills 10-month-old son while handling gun

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 15, 2013 in Crime
Nashville - A Texas father is distraught Friday night after police say he accidentally shot and killed his 10-month-old son Thursday evening inside the family’s Nashville hotel room.
In a news release posted online Thursday, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said detectives investigating the incident do not believe 30-year-old Larry Bass intentionally killed his son, Adam Bass.
According to investigators, Adam’s father told them he was holding his gun inside the family’s hotel room when it went off and hit his baby son in the chest.
Two Hermitage Precinct Detectives were nearby when they got word of the shooting at the Extended Stay America motel near the Nashville International Airport shortly before 6:42 p.m., NewsChannel 5 Nashville reported.
"They were on the scene within approximately three minutes and administered CPR in an effort to save the child. They were not successful. Adam died at the scene," the news release stated.
Detectives said Larry's wife, Jacquelin, 28, and their two other sons, ages 2 and 3, were also present in the room at the time of the event. No one else was physically injured.
The family, from Texas, had been living at the hotel since Jan 29 while Bass, who is an iron worker, was in town working at the Music City Center site, the Metropolitan Nashville Police statement added.
The investigation is ongoing, Fox17 Nashville writes, as detectives work with the distraught parents to understand exactly how the shooting occurred.
“The parents are very, very distraught over what's happened, and the Police Department does not believe this was an intentional act,” Police spokesman Don Aaron told The Tennessean. “You’ve got to imagine the impact, psychologically, that something like this has on a parent.”
Police have not said if any charges will be filed against Bass.
In 2008, police arrested 19-year-old Adam Chavez Senior, who was visiting Indianapolis from Texas, on a charge of criminal recklessness after police say the gun he was holding went off and hit his infant son, 13-month-old Adam Chavez Junior, in the back of the head and thigh, WTHR reported at the time.
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