are trying to figure out how a 12-year-old boy got a hold of the gun that led
to the shooting death of an 11-year-old family member.
consulted with the District Attorney's office the night of the shooting before
bringing involuntary manslaughter charges against the child, but investigators
do not believe the shooting was intentional. They believe that the two boys
were playing when the gun went off.
to police, around 9 p.m. Friday the boys were playing with the gun inside a
home on Church Street.
said at some point the gun discharged, hitting 11-year-old Montrez Burroughs in
twelve-year-old boy is being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center and
has been charged with the shooting.
The boys' family members said they hope this tragic loss
will serve as a constant reminder to other families to teach their children not
to play with guns.
"I think it will send a signal out to others," said Shaleena
Hamilton, Burroughs' aunt. "That way parents will be like, ‘I need to educate
my child. Don't do this, don't do that. You see what happened to the last one,
don't let it happen to you.' Sometimes it works."
The 12-year-old boy will be back in court Tuesday at 10 a.m.
to continue the hearing. Police said no adults have been charged yet, but the
investigation is still ongoing.
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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