- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) - Two adults have been charged with child endangerment in the death of a 13-year-old boy who authorities allege was shot by a 14-year-old friend playing with a handgun.

Westmoreland County authorities allege that 31-year-old Joshua Hudec owned the gun with which 13-year-old James Gustafson was killed on March 20. They allege in a criminal complaint that the weapon was unregistered and kept in an unsecured location.

Hudec and 18-year-old Brooke Nelson are also charged with reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm by a minor. Another person is charged with a firearms violation.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Hudec’s attorney, William Wiker, said at Monday’s arraignment that his client is “devastated” by the shooting. Nelson declined comment; court documents don’t list an attorney who could respond to the charges.



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