INDIAN HEAD, Md. (AP) — Authorities say they are investigating the death of a 12-year-old boy in Charles County who died in a shooting involving play with a handgun with a young relative.
Authorities said they were called to a residence in Indian Head, Maryland, late Friday night.
The Charles County sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation found the victim and a 13-year-old relative were in a downstairs bedroom playing with a handgun when it discharged and hit the victim.
Authorities say it's not exactly clear how the shooting happened. Sheriff Troy Berry says the case is a sad reminder that it is critically important for gun owners to ensure their firearms are secured.