Police were called to a house in northwest Fresno at 12:48 p.m., where Lt. Rob Beckwith said the boy was still breathing, the Bee reported. He was taken to a hospital, but police reported at 6 p.m. that the child had died.
According to police, the toddler was in one of the bedrooms of the home when he accidentally shot himself in the head, KFSN reported.
Beckwith said the father's fiancee and a friend were the only people in the home at the time of the shooting. Nobody else was injured, the Bee reported.
In a statement Saturday evening, police said the shooting "appears to be a tragic accident."
Police said it was not clear who the gun belonged to, KFSN reported. Sgt. Walter Boston said investigators were unsure of the circumstances that led up to the shooting, the Bee reported.