A 14-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas boy was accidentally shot and killed when he and his cousin were playing with a handgun.
Little Rock police said the boy, TyJuan Woodard, died after he and a 13-year-old friend were playing with a gun that accidentally fired and shot him in the chest Wednesday.
After shooting the boy, not knowing what to do, TyJuan’s cousin covered his body with a blanket, left and spent the night elsewhere without telling anyone what happened.
According to police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings, one of the 13-year-old’s relatives saw someone wrapped in a blanket on the futon Wednesday night and thought the boy was a cousin who had fallen asleep; he didn’t disturb him. After a few hours, realizing that the person on the couch wasn’t his cousin, he then picked Woodard up and noticed he wasn’t breathing.
According to the Associated Press, someone called 911 and when officers arrived, they found the boy lying face-up on the floor, according to the police report. There was blood on his face and chest, and as medics lifted his shirt, they found what looked like a bullet wound.
Police said everyone in the home didn’t know Woodard or what had happened. Police believe Woodard ran away from home.
Hastings said he wasn’t sure how the boys got a hold of the gun, which belongs to one of the 13-year-old’s relatives. He said they were playing with the gun in a bedroom when it went off and shot the 14-year-old in the chest.
No charges have been filed, but Hastings said the case will be forwarded to the prosecutor. One of the prosecutors, John Johnson, said his office hasn’t received the case file yet.