A 3 year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the chest at his home in Paulding County Tuesday morning. It happened around 7 a.m. at a home on Camp Circle in Dallas. Holston Cole was taken to Paulding-Wellstar hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives said the shooting was an accident but don't know how the toddler got the gun. Cole lived in the home with his father, mother and twin sisters. A family friend and local pastor said the Cole family is devastated. "God's ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts and that he’s faithful in everything he does. That helps that doesn’t fully remove the sting. Obviously we’re going to miss having this guy around," said pastor Paul Richardson.

He said the boys father sent him a text, after the accident. "Father sent me a text this morning. He said that an accident had occurred and asked for prayers," said Richardson. No charges have been filed at this time. An autopsy is being performed Thursday.