14-year-old charged in teen’s accidental fatal shooting in suburban home

BENSENVILLE, Ill.  — A 14-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old friend in suburban Chicago.

The DuPage County State’s Attorney office says the teen was released to his parents on home detention following a hearing Friday.

Authorities say he and three friends were handling firearms Thursday at a home in Bensenville when the 13-year-old was shot in the head. He later died at a hospital. Bensenville is northwest of Chicago.

State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a release that the “heartbreaking turn of events should serve as a reminder to parents to lock up their weapons and keep them out of reach from their children.”

The 14-year-old also is charged with reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm.

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