SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 10-year-old Northern California boy has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing another child with his father's gun, authorities said.
Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of shots fired in Foothill Farms, an unincorporated Sacramento suburb, around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. In a parking lot, they found a 10-year-old boy bleeding from his head and neck. Despite life-saving measures, he was later pronounced dead at a hospital, the sheriff's office said in a statement. social media posting,
Coroner's officials identified the boy as Keith Frierson. A relative said he had left his apartment to ride a bicycle shortly before the shooting. KCRA-TV.
According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, another 10-year-old boy went to his father's truck to get cigarettes and found a loaded gun. A statement from the sheriff's office said he took it and "bragged that his father had a gun."
"He then proceeded to shoot the victim and flee into a nearby apartment," the post reads.
Deputies ordered people in the building to come out. The 10-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and his father was arrested on suspicion of crimes including burglary of a vehicle, carrying a loaded gun, child endangerment and being an accessory after the fact .
Authorities allege he also tried to hide the gun by throwing it in a nearby trash can, where deputies found it.
The man remained jailed Tuesday on $500,000 bail. He was an ex-convict who was "legally prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm," the sheriff's office said, adding that the gun had been stolen in 2017.
It was not immediately clear if the man had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
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