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UPDATE: 13-year-old accidentally shot teen found dead in LR home

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published May 24, 2012 at 9:10 a.m. Updated May 24, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.

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4600 Grand Ave. is seen late Thursday morning.

Teen fatally shot in LR house

A 14-year-old was fatally shot in a home in Little Rock early Thursday morning. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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— A 14-year-old boy found dead in a Little Rock home early Thursday morning died when a 13-year-old resident was playing with a gun that accidentally fired, police said.

Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said the victim was shot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the chest as the younger boy was playing with a relative's gun at his home in 4600 Grand Ave.

The 13-year-old, whose name was not released, placed a cover over the body in a bed in the home and it wasn't discovered until around 2 a.m. Thursday, when police were called.

The six occupants of the home, including the 13-year-old, initially told investigators they didn't know the 14-year-old victim or have any idea how he got into the bed where he was found.

Hastings said the circumstances came to light as police questioned the 13-year-old Thursday.

The boy has not been charged with a crime, but Hastings said the case would be forwarded to the prosecutor for review.

"We'll let the prosecutor decide on that," Hastings said.

Police say they will also notify the Department of Human Services about conditions in the home.

EARLIER

A 14-year-old boy was shot to death in a house in Little Rock early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said the boy was shot at least once in the upper body shortly before 2 a.m. at 4600 Grand Ave. An autopsy is pending.

A grandmother who owned the home and five others between the ages of 11 and 25 were in the house, but they each said they did not know the victim or what happened, police said.

"We are investigating this, trying to figure out how this young man got in this house," Hastings said, calling the circumstances "a little unusual."

Investigators are questioning everyone in the house.

"At this point, we're not ruling out anyone" as suspects, Hastings said.

Louise Nelson, 60, identified herself as the homeowner during an interview outside the residence Thursday morning.

She said she was in bed when her cousin, who also lives in the house, awakened her and said somebody was in his bed "and not moving."

Nelson called police after finding the teen in the bed. It wasn't clear then what had happened to him, Nelson said, adding she only noticed blood under his nose.

"I ain't never seen the little boy and I don't know how he got in my house," she said. "I don't know him and the kids don't know him."

Nelson, who has lived in the home for 20 years and lives with her cousin, her son and three grandsons, said none of the family knows what happened.

"That really got me," she said of finding the boy. "I want them to really find out what happened, whatever."

The victim was reported by his mother as a runaway on April 12, Hastings said. The teen returned home after that, but then ran away again at a later date.

Hastings described the residence where the teen was shot as a known "hangout for kids."

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HawgFan says... May 24, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.

A grandmother and 5 other people were in the house when this kid was shot around 2 in the morning and NONE of them even knew the kid or what happened??!! Extremely hard to believe.

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TheBatt says... May 24, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.

"A grandmother and five others between the ages of 11 and 25 were in the house, but they each said they did not know the victim or what happened, police said."

Yeah - right. Lets try again, this time with the TRUTH! Did police not check for GSR on the hands of those 6 individuals?

"Hastings described the residence where the teen was shot as a known "hangout for kids." - nice... sounds like a great place for the kiddos to "hang out"....

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Amanda28 says... May 24, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.

Where did the 13 year old get the gun??? This child is dead and no one knows anything?

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Got2Kids says... May 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Mr. TheBatt: GSR tests are useless in a courtroom and typically give the defense something to argue. The FBI spent over $30 million dollars to construct a lab specifically designed to test for GSR, only to determine that it was a waste of money. Simply put, if the residents went into the room where the shot occured, then in all likelihood they all had GSR on their person. If they didn't get it on them at that time, then they did when they went to the police station to be interviewed. Simple facts like that are pretty much well known in the investigation community.

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ges7 says... May 24, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.

It's time to shut the hangout down.

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Murphy01 says... May 24, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.

Of course they know Amanda but the brothers and sisters don't rat out each other.

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arkienanna says... May 24, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

A 14 year old has lost his life and a 13 year old will likely be scarred for the rest of his. My prayers go out to both families following this terrible tragedy.

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HM2 says... May 24, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.

Arkie-MOM; The 13 year old will not be scared for life because he is "more than likely" an up and coming gang banger. This was most likely on the job training for bigger and better things.

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LevyRat says... May 24, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.

Thug 101 ......... I don't know nothing about that dead guy. Yeah, I'm up in the middle of the night with a handgun and guess what ........ someone ends up dead and no one knows anything. People raised by DOGS turn out to animals. Crackbillys let your children run the street like a pack of dogs and then be surprised that they act like animals.

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aimee says... May 24, 2012 at 10:44 p.m.

Another reason for 2nd Amendment rights to be sacrosanct...!!! Loose guns around and no one can do anything to protect the innocent..!!!

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