Police: 7-Year-Old Found Loaded Handgun in Hoverboard Box, Accidentally Fired It

May 17, 2018 12:15 PM

Plymouth police say the 7-year-old boy killed Wednesday afternoon opened a hoverboard box that was stored in a bedroom and found a loaded handgun. He fired it and died of a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said at a press conference Thursday.

Police are calling it an "accident," saying the boy went into the home while three other children ranging from 7 to 11 years old were outside. Two ran in when they heard the gunshot sound, according to police, and they found Keyaris Samuels, then went to a neighbor's to call 911.

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Lifesaving measures were attempted when police reached the 6000 block of Shenandoah Lane, but Keyaris was pronounced dead on the scene.

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"This should never have happened," Plymouth Public Safety Director Michael Goldstein said. "We believe this was an accident, and our investigation continues."

Goldstein said the mother "is adamant" she did not know the gun was in the home and does not know anyone who would have brought the gun to the house. 

Police do not know where the gun came from, which remains the focus of the investigation. 

"Along with being sad, I am angry,"  Goldstein said, "at the irresponsible gun owner."

All four of the children are related, but police did not specify the exact relationship. 

Watch full press conference

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