KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV/CNN Newsource) - A father is struggling to cope after his 4-year-old son died in an apparent accidental shooting Monday inside of a Kansas City, Kansas, home. 

Justin Andrews shared videos of his son Roman swimming and photo after photo of Roman smiling ear to ear. He expected to make many more memories with his son. 

"He was such a happy kid," Andrews said. "He was always happy. So innocent."

First responders rushed to a home a around noon Monday. Andrews said while Roman was living at another relative's home, he found a gun. 

"He accidentally shot himself," Andrews said. 

Andrews and his girlfriend said they hope anyone who owns a gun and has small children in the home will make sure their firearms are stored safely. 

"I was just holding Roman on Sunday in my lap," said Andrews' girlfriend, Sarah Taggart. "I just can't wrap my head around it. I miss him so much."

"I can't even comprehend that I'm not going to see him again....that smiling face," Andrews said. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, between 2015 and 2020 there were at least 2,070 unintentional shootings by children that resulted in 765 deaths and 1,366 nonfatal gun injuries. 

The AAP recommends that all guns in your home should be locked and unloaded, with ammunition locked separately. 

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Police in Kansas City, Kansas say a child was killed in an apparent accidental shooting on Monday. 

Officers responded just after noon to the 3600 block of North 123rd Street. KMBC reports they found a boy, believed to be 4 or 5 years old, with a gunshot wound. 

The child, whose name was not released, died at a local hospital. 

Police said the preliminary investigation revealed the boy found the gun and accidentally shot himself. It's unclear if there were any adults present at the time of the incident. 

There was no word Tuesday of any arrests or charges in the case.