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    Authorities say 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.

    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. 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'snot clear how the weapon ended up there.

    Prosecutor: 9-year-old boy pulled trigger in shooting that killed young boy


    A 9-year-old boy pulled the trigger in a shooting that killed a 8-year-old boy, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday.

    Chance Gilbert, 8, was found dead May 17 inside of an apartment building in the 4800 block of Hawaiian Terrace.

    “He was shot by another child in the house with a gun that was left there by an adult, we believe,” Deters said Wednesday. “We met with the child that pulled the trigger. We firmly believe he didn’t know it was loaded.”

    Both children had guns, Deters said. The boy that was shot had a BB gun. It is unclear what type of gun the boy who pulled the trigger had.

    “We think this boy that shot the other is going to need help,” Deters said.

    “The irony of this is there are adults who know whose gun this was, and where it went after he was shot – it disappeared. The only one in this whole investigation who has shown courage and who has told the truth is the young boy who shot the other. I think that’s pathetic.”

    Deters said the boy was found dead inside of the apartment, but added, “I think there is a real possibility that the body was moved. He may have been shot outside, then was moved into the apartment.”

    Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac called the shooting a “true tragedy” Wednesday morning, appearing before Cincinnati’s Law and Public Safety Committee.

    Isaac said children inside of the home were playing with a firearm, and a child lost his life.

    “This is not something that occurred on the street, this is not a street crime. This is a tragedy that involves juveniles. At this point, that’s all I’m able to share,” he said.

    The owner of the firearm remains unknown.

    There seems to be some confusion on the child’s age. Investigators initially said the young boy was 8 years old, however the Hamilton County Coroner said the boy was 7. Members of Cincinnati City Council continued to call the boy an 8-year-old child Wednesday.

    Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10