- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A 20-year-old man is facing charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy who on Monday fatally shot himself after discovering the gun inside a child’s Spider-Man backpack, police said Tuesday.

Raymond Allen Brown, was charged in Prince George’s County District Court with reckless endangerment, firearm access by a minor, and possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court records. Police said Tuesday he was being held on a $45,000 bond, but court records indicate he posted bond.

Police officials said Mr. Brown was staying at the home in the 6000 block of Arbutus Lane in Clinton where the shooting occurred. Court records in the case list him as having no fixed address. Other court records indicate that as of last year he had lived in Waldorf.

A 6-year-old boy, who police have declined to publicly identify, found the gun Monday afternoon in a backpack laying on the floor at the house and accidentally shot himself with it. He died a short time later after he was taken to a local hospital.

A great-grandmother and grandmother of the 6-year-old lived at the home and were there at the time of the shooting, county police spokeswoman Julie Parker said. Police officials could not confirm Mr. Brown’s relationship to the women or the child.

Mr. Brown was not present at the home when the shooting occurred but returned afterward and was arrested at that time, Ms. Parker said.

After initially saying that the gun was not registered to Mr. Brown, police clarified that they are still investigating to determine who owns the gun.

“We can determine he was in possession of the gun,” police spokesman Capt. Steven Yuen said.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, including who owns the gun and how Mr. Brown came to be in possession of it, other charges could be filed, police said.

A trial has been scheduled in the case for July 16, according to court records.