Police: Child accidentally shoots, kills himself

Child killed while playing with handgun

NORCROSS, Ga. (WXIA) – Gwinnett County Police said they were investigating the death of a 11-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself to death while playing with a gun on Friday.

Police said they received a call of a person shot shortly before 6 p.m., from a home in the 4900 block of Appaloosa Trail.

Preliminary information indicates a 9-year-old and 11-year-old boy were playing in a garage. The 11-year-old was playing with a handgun, when it discharged. The boy's mother was inside the home when the incident occurred.

Detectives and crime scene detectives were working Friday evening to catalog and document the scene. No charges are expected to be filed against the boy's mother.

"This is a sad and unfortunate reminder for gun owners to ensure that your guns are locked in a place that children cannot access," said Police Chief A.A. "Butch" Ayres said in a statement Friday night. "It is also a reminder of how important it is to teach children the dangers of playing with guns."

The police investigation continues.


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