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FORT EDWARD -- A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed in a Keating Street home late Tuesday, police said.


The victim’s name was not released as of press time. Police were questioning the boy who was accused of firing the rifle shot, a 13-year-old, later Tuesday. It was unclear if any charges were planned.


The shooting happened just before 9:30 p.m. in a home at 8 Keating, the corner of Keating and Liberty streets.


Fort Edward Police Chief Walt Sandford would say only that an accidental shooting was under investigation and he said the details were under investigation.


He would not say if both boys lived at the home or if any parents or adults were home at the time of the shooting. He also would not say if the boy was pronounced dead at the home or at a hospital.


The chief said police had secured the home and were applying for a search warrant as of 10:30 p.m.


“We’ve got a long night ahead of us,” the chief said.


A neighbor said as many as eight children from a blended family lived in the home. She described them as a nice family with caring parents.


Several dozen neighbors, school mates and friends of the boys gathered on Liberty Street, many weeping and consoling each other as word of the death spread.


Some went to the Fort Edward Police station looking for the boy accused in the shooting around 10:30 p.m., but were told he wasn’t there. They would not discuss the matter with a reporter.


A group of children and adults was gathered around a Fort Edward Rescue Squad ambulance in the back parking lot of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church as police secured the home with yellow police tape late Tuesday. Rescue squad members would not let reporters approach the adults there.


Next-door neighbor Tim Phillips said the victim was friends with his son, and had returned from playing baseball a short time before the shooting.


“It’s awful,” he said. “Everybody’s devastated.”


Another neighbor, who would not give her name, described the family as loving and attentive to the children. She said one of the boys involved was the oldest child in the home.


Washington County Attorney Roger Wickes, whose office prosecutes juvenile crime, was at the scene late Tuesday as the police investigation unfolded and said it was too early to say what charges, if any, would be filed.


“We’re still trying to figure out what happened and get all the statements down,” Wickes said shortly before 11 p.m.. “It’s too early to


speculate.”


He said juveniles can be prosecuted as adults in some homicide cases, but he said based on the facts as he knew them late Tuesday it did not appear the youth being blamed would qualify to be treated as an adult.


“It doesn’t look like it was intentional,” Wickes said.


Fort Edward Police were being assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and State Police.
 

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Police said no charges had been filed early Wednesday as they continued to investigate the Tuesday night shooting at a Keating Avenue home that left a 13-year-old dead.


The boy who died suffered a single gunshot wound to the head from a shotgun, but exactly how the 9:15 p.m. shooting occurred was still under investigation, Fort Edward Police Sgt. Justin Derway said early Wednesday.


The victim's name was not released, but police said he lived at the 8 Keating home where the shooting occurred. He was pronounced dead at the home.


Another 13-year-old boy, a friend of the victim, was in a bedroom with the victim, but how the gun went off and whether he pulled the trigger was still unclear, Derway said.


The boys were the only people in the room. Police were working to compare his version of events to the physical evidence at the scene.


Washington County Attorney Roger Wickes -- whose office prosecutes juvenile offenses in the county -- said late Tuesday that it appeared the surviving boy fired the shot, but Derway said responsibility was still under investigation early Wednesday.


Both boys were in possession of the gun before it was discharged, and it was still unknown early Wednesday how the trigger came to be pulled and which one pulled it.


"Both boys were handling the gun in the moments leading up to it," Derway said. "At this point it appears to be an accidental shooting."


Police said it was unclear Wednesday whether anyone will be charged, including whoever owned the shotgun and left it where children had access to it. They did not say how the boys got access to the gun.


Wickes said Wednesday that his office planned to sit down with police and representatives of the county Department of Social Services to discuss the possibility of a juvenile prosecution.


The surviving boy was questioned by police with an adult caregiver present.


"Everything was done the way it was supposed to be done," Wickes said.


There were adults and other children in the home, and the shotgun belonged to an adult at the home, according to police. It was not known whether it was left loaded or how the boys got it.


"It came into possession of these boys. It was more a curiosity factor," Derway said.


Adults who fail to secure firearms have been prosecuted locally for endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after shootings involving children who got access to a gun.


A Wilton man pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child earlier this year in connection with a shooting where his 12-year-old son accidentally shot and killed a friend.


"This is a good example of why gun ownership is a big responsibility," Wickes said. "The consequences are enormous."


Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said Wednesday he has discussed the matter with Fort Edward Police, and he said it had not been determined yet whether any adult would be charged.


Fort Edward Police Chief Walt Sandford said State Police forensics experts were going over the home early Wednesday. An autopsy was also planned Wednesday.


The family had returned from a youth baseball game a short time before the shooting.


Derway said the families involved have been cooperative.


"The boy (who died) was just a very nice boy," he said. "They're a very decent family. It's a tragedy all around."


Both boys were students in the Fort Edward school district, and counselors will be on hand Wednesday to help students and staff deal with the tragedy.
 

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It is very sad. It is a reminder that the best security device you can have is communication with your kids. I really believe we need to take all the mystery out of firearms. That curiosity factor where they need to explorer what they are. Do it with you kids and start early.
 

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Its i didnt have a dad growing up as a kid but a had my granpa and he had a shoot gunn on every wall in his house and we where told not to touch them or he break are hands we did lol but if we want to touch them we would just ask and he would take them down and show us So are curiosity factor was there but he was all ways happy to show us the right way to hold a gun to use a gun and the what not to do.
 

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If anyone needs a lesson in securing firearms and gun-proofing your kids, here you go.

Sad, tragic, and 100% preventable. I can't imagine what the parents of the deceased boy are going through now...
 
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