Six-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead

By: Sean Lavin Email
By: Sean Lavin Email

A six-year-old boy is dead and investigators say his 11-year-old playmate pulled the trigger.

The shooting happened in Thomas County and appears accidental, but investigators won’t know for sure until an autopsy is released tomorrow morning.

We now know a rifle owned by the 11-year-old's father is the weapon investigators believe ended Elrui Jacob's life.

No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting but family members have a plea to all gun owners.

"Parents need to be a little more careful with these things because firearms are very dangerous for everyone in the arms of a child," said Rosendo Belasco, the victim's uncle.

Investigators tell us Elrui and his friend were playing with a bb gun before the fatal shooting occurred.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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