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Boy in Search of Snacks Finds Gun, Shoots Cousin

The 8-year-old cousin was critically wounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2018 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Ohio say a 9-year-old boy shot and critically wounded his 8-year-old cousin with a handgun he found in a kitchen cupboard while getting snacks. Akron police say the older boy picked up the gun, pointed it at his cousin and fired, hitting the younger boy in the abdomen. Police responded to the scene around 1am Sunday after a 14-year-old who was also in the house at the time ran outside and asked someone else to call for help, Cleveland.com reports.

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Per the AP, cops say the injured boy was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where a police spokesman said he remained in critical condition Monday. Investigators haven't publicly identified the children involved or the owner of the weapon. No charges were immediately filed. The shooting remains under investigation. (Read more guns stories.)

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