Authorities in Alaska report that a child fatally shot another child with a rifle during a Nerf gun flight.
Child to Shoot and Kill Another Kid
In a report in PEOPLE, the incident took place over the weekend in Mountain Village, Alaska, a small community. In a news release, Alaska State Troopers stated that they were alerted around 1:45 a.m. tribe and village police of a dead minor at local time.
According to the authorities, one of the two kids picked up a rifle while they were playing with the toy guns and fatally shot the other. The kids’ identities have not been made public.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office requested that the child’s remains be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy after notifying the child’s next of kin. Mountain Village is located roughly 470 miles northwest of Anchorage, according to The New York Post.
According to John Dougherty of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, we are not revealing the ages of those involved and are characterizing them as young children owing to the size of the community where this tragic occurrence occurred and our responsibility to preserve juvenile information.
This Year’s First Kid Shooting in Alaska
Around 600 people live in the town, according to the source. An adult was inside the house when the shooting took place, according to Dougherty, but no charges will be brought in connection with the event.
According to troopers’ spokesman Austin McDaniel, who spoke to the Anchorage Daily News, the other child obtained the firearm from the house where the incident took place.
McDaniel declined to say who the owner of the firearm was. According to The New York Post, the incident is still being looked into.
According to the Everytown database, the Mountain Village incident will be this year’s first kid shooting in Alaska if it turns out to be an accident.