(UPDATE 9/5/2017) – Horn Lake Police say no charges will be filed after a Horn Lake boy accidentally shot himself and later died.
A Mid-South family grieves, a neighborhood is in shock after police in Horn Lake, MS said a nine-year-old boy accidentally shot himself and later died.
It happened at little after 9 a.m. Sunday morning on Carroll Cove West, near Horn Lake Road. The DeSoto County Coroner tells Local 24 Cameron Williams shot himself in a vehicle parked outside his home. The coroner says Williams had gone out to the car to get something for a relative, found the gun under the driver’s seat, and accidentally shot himself in the chest.
“I don’t know what to say, it just hurts so bad,” Erika Boykin said.
Horn Lake parents like Boykin spent Sunday digesting heartbreaking news: the unexpected death of a child, Cameron Williams.
“He was quiet, he was a sweet boy, he embraced my baby, so you know, it’s horrible.”
Horn Lake authorities said no other children were around when the gun went off.
Paramedics airlifted to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, but he did not survive.
“I mean I saw him the other day, sorry, saw him sitting on the side of the road with his backpack,” Boykin said.
A DeSoto County Schools spokesperson says Williams was a 4th grader at Horn Lake Intermediate School.
Williams makes the third accidental shooting death of a child in the Mid-South in less than three weeks, and fifth accidental shooting by children overall in the area.
That includes the deaths of four-year-old Gavin Settles in east Memphis and eight-year-old DeAundre Shannon in southeast Memphis August 19th and 20th.
A four-year-old girl in Fox Meadows and three-year-old boy in West Memphis, AR were also recently injured after a finding a loaded gun and pulling the trigger.
Many area police stations, including in Memphis, West Memphis and Horn Lake – provide free gun locks, as a Memphis Police instructor recently reminded the public.
“Go to one of your stores, sporting goods stores that sells these things,” Officer Marion Hannah, a MPD firearms instructor, said.”
As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to turn on the television to hear someone’s child has shot themselves simply because they’re playing with a gun, an unsecured, unlocked gun.”
Horn Lake Police do not have any adults currently as suspects, after investigators spent the day interviewing other people at the home.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe page for donations to assist loved ones of Cameron Williams.