CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old Cleveland boy was killed this week when a gun he and his brother found in their father’s truck was accidentally fired, authorities said.
Donell King Sr., 37, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and a weapons offense in the death of his son, Donell King Jr. It wasn’t known Thursday if he has retained an attorney.
Cleveland.com reports that the boy and his brother found the gun around 1:30 p.m. Monday and the brother picked it up. Donell Jr. tried to take the gun away, authorities said, but the weapon somehow fired and Donell Jr. was struck in the chest.
His brother, who wasn’t injured, ran to a nearby police station to report the shooting. Police went to the home and found the wounded child, who was taken to a hospital but died there a short time later.
Police found the gun in some overgrown grass outside a nearby apartment building, authorities said, but it’s not clear how the weapon ended up there.