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Teen shot to death in W.Va. mobile home

April 16, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A 15-year-old boy died Monday night after a boy, estimated to be about 9 years old, accidentally shot him in the head with a hunting rifle, said police.

The shooting occurred in a home in Dodson's Mobile Home Park, which is east of Martinsburg along Grapevine Road about a mile from the intersection with W.Va. 9, police said.

When Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene at about 7:48 p.m., they found the victim in the bathroom of the home, Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster said.

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Lemaster said he would not release either of the boys' names because the shooting appeared to have been accidental.

"There will be a follow-up investigation, but mostly everything we've checked out so far indicates it's a very tragic accidental shooting," Lemaster said.

Because the shooting appeared to have been accidental, Lemaster declined to say how it happened. He said the boy who fired the gun was either 8 or 9 years old, and was shaken up over the incident.

Police believe the shooting occurred in the bathroom, Lemaster said.

The shot went through the wall of the mobile home and into a wall of a mobile home next door, Lemaster said.

Several other children were in the mobile home where the shooting occurred, and a chaplain from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department and a crisis worker from EastRidge Health Systems went to the house to help the children deal with the shooting, Lemaster said.

A deputy took the rifle, which had a scope, to the Sheriff's Department Monday night.

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