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6-year-old dies after accidentally shooting himself

- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2012

A 6-year-old boy has died after he accidentally shot himself Monday afternoon, Prince George's County police said.

Police were called around 2:40 p.m. to a home in the 6000 block of Arbutus Lane in Clinton for a report of a shooting.

"A 6-year-old child accidentally shot himself after he got ahold of a handgun inside the house," police spokesman Cpl. Larry Johnson said.

Several people were at the home at the time the child fired the gun, but their relation to the boy was not clear, Cpl. Johnson said.

The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died a short time later.

Police are investigating the incident to determine how the child got the gun. His identity had not been released Monday afternoon.

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