Investigators 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.
Police 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.
According to police, around 9 p.m. Friday the boys were playing with the gun inside a home on Church Street.
Police said at some point the gun discharged, hitting 11-year-old Montrez Burroughs in the chest.
The 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.
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