April 20, 2017 8:34 am
Updated: April 20, 2017 5:32 pm

11-year-old boy killed after accidental shooting in Garden Hill First Nation, Man.

RCMP are investigating the death of a child in Garden Hill First Nation, Man.

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An 11-year-old is dead after a group of boys found an improperly stored gun in a home in Garden Hill First Nation, Man., RCMP said.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., RCMP received a call from the northern community’s nursing station that a child had been shot.

When officers arrived at the home, they found an 11-year-old boy with life-threatening conditions. The boy later died from his injuries.

After RCMP investigated they said three boys, aged 12, 11 and 11, were playing in a home and found “an improperly stored firearm.”

When the 12-year-old was handling the gun, it accidentally discharged and hit the 11-year-old.

RCMP arrested the 12-year-old and his 36-year-old father. The boy has been charged with criminal negligence causing death. The father will be charged with careless storage of a firearm.

They have both been released from custody.

RCMP said the boys were friends and not related.

Garden Hill First Nation is a fly-in community about 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

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