8-year-old Washington County boy dies after accidental shooting


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- An 8-year-old boy has died after what appears to have been an accidental shooting Sunday evening in Washington County.

According to the sheriff's office, the 8-year-old and his 15-year-old cousin were at a home on North 3950 Road near Ochelata when they left to retrieve some pellets from a home near on West 2980 Road. The younger boy asked if there were any guns.

Investigators say the teenager showed his younger cousin a 12-gauge shotgun that was inside a vehicle. The shotgun was placed against a tire before the teen reached back into the vehicle looking for another gun.

According to the sheriff's office, the shotgun fell to the ground, discharging one round.

The younger boy was shot in the lower abdomen.

There was no one else home at the time so the teenager loaded the boy into a vehicle and drove back to the first house. A 911 call was made around 7 p.m. while family members performed CPR until paramedics could arrive, but the boy died from his injuries.

Investigators say foul play is not suspected and the shooting was likely accidental.

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