The Latest: Police: Indiana boy's fatal shooting an accident

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Posted: Jun 27, 2017 10:35 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Indianapolis boy (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Indianapolis police say the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy was an accident that occurred as the boy and a friend were playing with a gun.

Police said the boy and his friend found an unsecured gun Monday night at an apartment complex on the city's north side and were playing with it when it discharged, striking the boy in the face.

A relative took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy's name hasn't been released.

Police Chief Bryan Roach called the youngster's death a preventable tragedy. He says gun owners should keep their guns secure and have "a healthy respect for that machine."

No arrests have been made. Roach says the gun's owner is a 27-year-old man and the shooting remains under investigation.

8:01 a.m.

Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after being shot at an Indianapolis apartment complex.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says officers responded Monday night to the apartment complex on the city's north side and a family member took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.

Police Captain Mike Elder says investigators are working to determine how many people were present at the time of the shooting and exactly where at the apartment complex the shooting took place.

The child's name hasn't been released. Elder says at least two witnesses are being interviewed.