A teen boy was killed at a home in Kelso, Washington, on Saturday afternoon when he was accidentally shot by his friend as the two played with a shotgun.
The victim was identified as 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez. He was described by friends as a fun kid who was always smiling and trying to make others laugh.
Vazquez’s friend, who is also 13 years old, immediately called 911 after pulling the trigger. He told police that he didn’t think the gun was loaded.
“There’s no doubt in our minds that it was accidental,” said Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Charlie Rosenweig.
The boys were home alone at the time of the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time, but the incident remains under investigation.
[ KATU ]