CHICAGO — A 9-year-old boy was killed in an accidental shooting in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.
Police responded to calls of a person shot at a residence near the 1500 block of North Lorel Avenue Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:45 p.m. A 9-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to the head.
The boy was identified as Ashton Lipscomb. He was pronounced dead at 2:29 p.m. at Stroger Hospital. No one has been charged in the incident.
Police said the boy was playing with a gun in the residence when he accidentally pulled the trigger, striking himself in the head.
Area residents who were informed of the shooting were heartbroken pleading others to put their guns away from where children can reach them.
“We don’t want these kids touching these guns. We don’t want to hear about kids dying. We got so much going on in this world,” neighbor Stephanie Collins said.
Investigators searched the home for evidence of finding out what led to the shooting Wednesday afternoon.
According to the gun safety group Everytown, there have been 221 unintentional shootings by children in the United States this year. Of the unintentional shootings, 92 resulted in deaths.