Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, February 7, 2014

13-year old Washington boy unintentionally shot and killed with unsecured shotgun

Eddie Zee, age 13 (source)
Four teen boys were playing unsupervised in a home in Puyallup, Washington, when one of them
brought out a loaded, unsecured shotgun.  When one of the boys grabbed the gun, he discharged it, hitting 13-year old Eddie Zee.  Eddie soon died from his wound.

From an article:
Police say the shooting happened when four young boys were playing in a residence after school without adult supervision. The boy who lived there pulled out a shotgun and displayed it to the others. A second grabbed the gun and it discharged, hitting the victim. 
Captain Scott Engle says the juveniles immediately called for help and medics and police were called to the scene. They found the teen suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest. One of the other young men was performing CPR when they arrived. 
The victim died at Tacoma General Hospital. 
"Everybody all the way around is extremely upset. It's a very traumatic incident for everyone involved. Just an extreme tragedy for essentially four boys that were hanging out together," Engle says. 
The shooting in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast is being treated as accidental and the investigation continues. Any potential charges will be determined by the Pierce County Prosecutor.
The article also had a statement from the family.

The article didn't indicate who the gun belonged to or if they would be charged.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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