BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Friday, a four-year-old found a gun and shot themself in the face. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome calls the incident “sad and frustrating”.

Broome is encouraging parents to secure firearms with a gunlock or safe. Read her full statement below.

The tragic incident of a four-year-old finding a gun and shooting himself is equally sad and frustrating. Children should never have access to a gun and that’s why it is imperative to secure your firearm in your home with a gunlock or inside a gun safe. My office provides free gunlocks at City Hall. I extend my deepest condolences to the child’s family and loved ones, please keep them in our prayers. This case is being investigated by our East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome