Police: 9-year-old boy dies after shooting in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis police say the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy was an accident that occurred as the boy and a friend were playing with a gun.

Police said the boy and his friend found an unsecured gun Monday night at an apartment complex on the city’s north side and were playing with it when it discharged, striking the boy in the face.

A relative took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s name hasn’t been released.

Police Chief Bryan Roach called the youngster’s death a preventable tragedy. He says gun owners should keep their guns secure and have “a healthy respect for that machine.”

No arrests have been made. Roach says the gun’s owner is a 27-year-old man and the shooting remains under investigation.

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