Boy, 6, dies from gunshot

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A six-year-old boy apparently shot himself to death on the 4th of July in East Knoxville, police said. 

Detectives from the Knoxville Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit were investigating the incident, which appeared to be both “accidental and self-inflicted,” said KPD spokesperson Scott Erland.

Officers were dispatched to a house in the 3900 block of Alma Avenue about 5:15 p.m. Sunday on a report that “a juvenile male had accidentally shot himself,” according to Erland.

“Upon arrival, a six-year-old boy was located inside of the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was immediately rushed to the UT Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival,” Erland said.

The child’s name hadn’t been released as of late Monday, nor had police responded to questions about the shooting such as whether the gun used was a handgun, if any adults or other children were present when the gun discharged, or if the gun had been secured in any way to prevent children from firing it.

“Unfortunately we cannot answer most of these questions due to the nature of the investigation and because it is still early in that investigation,” he said. “All of the evidence up to this point suggests that the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted. We typically do not identify juvenile victims at the advisement of our law department, but I will be checking to see if we can release the child’s ID soon, possibly tomorrow. But again, we typically do not release those.”

He added: “I wish I could provide more information, but we have to be careful right now due to the sensitive nature of this investigation.”

Published on July 6, 2021