Accidental Shooting Involving Five-Year-Old

NUEVO – Details were still being sorted out today regarding the death of a 5-year-old boy who apparently shot himself after getting hold of a pistol at a Nuevo residence, in what authorities believe was a tragic accident.

”As far as how he got shot, the investigators are (trying) to confirm how it occurred,” said Deputy Albert Martinez, a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesman. ”There are no outstanding suspects, and this appears to be accidental.”

The victim, identified only as a Los Angeles boy, died around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday from a gunshot wound. According to authorities, the child was in a single-story house in the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue at the time.

One adult, possibly the boy’s grandfather, was present when the shooting happened and flagged down a neighbor for help, prompting calls to 911.

Sheriff’s officials said around 200 marijuana plants were found at the rear of the property, but the cannabis was unrelated to the shooting investigation.

Investigators seized the plants, as well as an unconfirmed amount of processed marijuana, according to the sheriff’s department.

NUEVO – An investigation was continuing today into the accidental shooting death of a 5-year-old boy at a residence in the rural community near Perris, where several hundred marijuana plants were found growing in the back yard, sheriff’s officials said.

The shooting was reported around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue in Nuevo. The child was found dead inside the residence, and his death was being investigated as accidental, Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said.

Marijuana plants were found at the rear of the property, but marijuana had nothing to do with the shooting, he said. About 200 plants were confiscated, he said.

NBC4 reported that the boy found the gun and accidentally shot himself with the weapon. The child’s grandfather was the only adult home at the time, according to Channel 4.

Investigators were seen today carting off computers and other evidence, as well as the marijuana found in the yard.

RIVERSIDE SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE – On March 4, 2014, at 5:21 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Perris Station responded to the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue, Nuevo, reference an accidental shooting. Deputies arrived within minutes and located a five year old male juvenile deceased inside the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies secured the location and notified investigators.

Investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Perris Station and Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The identification of victim is being withheld at this time. This is an on-going investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator James Campos of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Investigator Thomas Salisbury of the Perris Station at (951) 210-1000.

NUEVO – A 5-year-old child was shot and killed at a residence near Perris late this afternoon, authorities said.

The circumstances of the shooting, around 5:20 p.m. on the 31000 block of Wolfskill Ave. in Nuevo, were under investigation, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Detective Albert Martinez said.

The gender of the child was not released, Martinez said. He said the child died at the scene.

Detectives were talking to the child’s family to see if foul play was involved, but no arrests had been made, Martinez said.

The type of weapon the child was shot with was not known, Martinez said.

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