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Source: Eric Fernandez / Eric Fernandez

INDIANAPOLIS — A boy was shot on the east side of Indianapolis Sunday afternoon.

It’s not clear yet how old the boy was but police say the boy was between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. They also believe the shooting to be accidental, but avoidable. The boy was found by IMPD officers with a gunshot wound near New York Street and Sherman Avenue shortly before 4:00 p.m.

“Those officers tried to render medical aid until IEMS arrived,” said Ofc. William Young. “They arrived shortly thereafter and unfortunately that male was pronounced deceased.”

Police say the home where the boy was found shot was also occupied by several other kids. The shooting has not been ruled a homicide, but police are still looking into exactly what happened. For now, they seem to indicate it was an accident.

“We hope that those who have firearms in the home, you have to be responsible whenever you have those so nobody gets hurt,” Young added. “This is a prime example of that. Certainly, a tragic scene that we are having to deal with. Certainly disturbing.”

It’s also not clear if the shooting was self-inflicted or if someone else shot the boy.