GARDEN HILL – An 11-year-old is dead after a group of boys found an improperly stored gun in a home in Garden Hill First Nation, Man., RCMP said.
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., RCMP received a call from the northern community’s nursing station that a child had been shot.
When officers arrived at the home, they found an 11-year-old boy with life-threatening conditions. The boy later died from his injuries.
After RCMP investigated they said three boys, aged 12, 11 and 11, were playing in a home and found “an improperly stored firearm.”
When the 12-year-old was handling the gun, it discharged and hit the 11-year-old.
RCMP arrested the 12-year-old and his 36-year-old father. The boy has been charged with criminal negligence causing death. The father will be charged with careless storage of a firearm.
They have both been released from custody.
RCMP are continuing to investigate.
Garden Hill First Nation is a fly-in community about 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.