Crime — 16 August 2013 — by Kareem Clarke
14-year-old charged for accidentally shooting 10-year-old cousin

Official reports to Amandala are that a 14-year old minor who allegedly shot his 10-year old cousin around 11:00 on the night of July 25 has been formally charged with firearm offences in relation to the gun that was used.

ASP Christopher Noble, O.C. Ladyville Police, officially confirmed to the media on Monday that while the investigation into the incident continues, the matter is presently before the court as a directive from the Office of the DPP.

Media reports are that the 10-year-old was mistakenly shot in the abdomen allegedly by his 14-year old cousin while standing in front of their family yard, which is located on a street that runs behind the Ladyville Police Station.

The young man was reportedly playing with the firearm when the incident occurred. The bullet exited the 10-year-old and penetrated an Astro Van that was parked nearby on the side of the street. The child was then rushed to the police station and transported for medical attention at the military camp in Ladyville by the police.

He was subsequently taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical but stable condition and underwent surgery, but has since been released.

Police have recovered the weapon. The 10-year-old is reportedly preparing to enter Standard 3 in the upcoming school year.

According to the family, they have no idea from where the gun originated, because it does not belong to anyone in the yard.

Even though twenty-one days have elapsed, ASP Noble, for his part, said that he could not confirm who owns the weapon, or if it was a licensed firearm, because the case is still under investigation. He would not disclose any information about the type of weapon

Amandala understands from reliable sources that the 14-year-old is currently on remand pending the outcome of the case.

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