12-year-old dies from accidental gunshot wound in Fresno County near Firebaugh

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Monday, February 4, 2019
12-year-old dies from accidental gunshot wound in Firebaugh
12-year-old dies from accidental gunshot wound in Firebaugh

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An investigation is underway following a shooting involving a 12-year-old boy, who has died.

Fresno County sheriff's deputies say it happened just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday near Firebaugh at a home on the 600 block of Fairfax Avenue.

According to officials, they received reports that the child suffered from an accidental gunshot wound to the chest.

"CPR was done but it was determined the child passed away the investigation started. there were only two people on scene when deputies arrived but were still investigating it its looking to be an accidental shooting," said Sgt. Mike Nulick.

A preliminary investigation indicates the boy and his friend were playing with the firearm. Deputies say the children were unsupervised when the gun went off.

It is unclear who the gun belongs to, the homeowners or the parents of the boy who was visiting.

Investigators say the gun owner could face criminal charges if it is determined that the firearm was not properly stored.

Homicide detectives are en route to interview the other child that was with the victim. Deputies say this is protocol when a child is involved in a firearm death.