Tenn. Police: 7-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Other Child With Gun Left in Car
Police in Crossville, Tennessee, say a 7-year-old boy has died after he was accidentally shot by another child with a firearm that was left in the car.
The Crossville Police Department said in a news release that four children were left alone inside a car Monday afternoon while their mother and stepfather entered a cellphone store.
Authorities say one of the children found a semi-automatic pistol left inside the mother's purse and accidentally shot a 7-year-old boy. The unidentified boy was flown to a hospital and died later that evening.
Crossville police they will turn their findings over to the district attorney general.
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According to WATE-TV, the victim was found by police with a head wound and flown to a trauma center in Knoxville.
The eight-year-old older boy was reportedly attempting to unload the handgun when it accidentally discharged.
UPDATE: The parents have been identified and the gun was reportedly a .380 Taurus semi-automatic handgun.
An investigator said the eight-year-old boy thought he had unloaded the gun, but there was still one round in the chamber and it accidentally discharged.
The district attorney will ultimately decide whether to file any charges, while the Department of Children's Services is investigating possible child abuse or neglect by the parents.
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