ROSAMOND – A 14-year-old boy in Rosamond died Thursday afternoon after a shotgun discharged as he was handling the weapon, authorities said.
The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at an apartment in the 2600 block of 25th Street West, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
“Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a victim of a shooting… when deputies arrived they located a 14-year-old male inside the apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest,” the news release states.
“The 14-year-old male was unresponsive, and deputies began administering CPR until medical aid arrived. The 14-year-old male was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later,” the news release states.
Deputies detained and questioned a 19-year-old and a 16-year-old who were in the apartment when the shooting occurred. They also searched the apartment and found a shotgun, according to the news release.
“Based on information and evidence developed during the investigation, detectives determined the 14-year-old had been handling the shotgun and the shotgun had accidentally discharged, striking the 14-year-old in the chest,” the news release states.
The boy’s identity has not yet been released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.
“An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death,” the news release states.