Jun 26, 2016 10:47 AM

No charges to be filed in death of 10-year-old boy who shot himself with unsecured rifle


DURHAM - No charges will be filed in the death of a 10-year-old boy who fatally shot himself with an unsecured rifle at his home in February while a 6-year-old relative pleaded with him not to do it.

Foster's Daily Democrat obtained investigative documents which state because the gun was not loaded and the child loaded the rifle himself the case is considered a suicide.

The name of the child was redacted from paperwork, but described the boy as a happy and well-liked fifth-grader at Oyster River Middle School. According to investigators the boy and his young relative were allowed to stay home from school following a snow delay and when left unsupervised by his father, the boy grabbed the gun, loaded it, and shot himself.

"This in no way endorses or forgives the manner in which these firearms were handled and stored inside this family's home," said Strafford County Attorney Tom Veldari in a letter to Durham Police Chief David Kurz. "But it does observe that this family made choices in regard to how it approached firearms safety, which as a family it has a right to do. The consequences of those choices, unfortunately, have wrought the premature death of a bright and loved little boy."

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