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A five year old boy is dead after playing with the family’s gun

Aug 3, 2021, 12:17 PM
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SMITHFIELD, Utah — A five year old boy is dead after finding a gun and playing with it, according to Smithfield Police Chief Travis Allen.

Allen told KSL Tuesday the shooting appeared to be a tragic accident that took place on Sunday morning. 

According to Allen, the family went camping, returning late Saturday night, and did not immediately put away their supplies. Sunday morning, Allen says the five-year-old woke up and found the handgun in the camping gear. It went off while he was playing with the gun, police said. 

Investigators believe the shot killed the child instantly, striking him in the head. Other family members were asleep at the time. 

Police did not release the child’s name. 

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