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Jacksonville teenager faces charges after 6-year-old boy kills himself with gun he left out

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A 14-year-old boy from Jacksonville, Florida is facing charges after a 6-year-old child used a gun that the teenager left out, as reported by ABC News.

How did it all happen?

Jacksonville authorities have taken into custody the 14-year-old teenager, whose identity has not been published, on Wednesday. The boy was charged with culpable negligence after what happened to the child.

On Tuesday night the teenager reportedly left the gun unsupervised. While no one was around 6-year-old Danny Waye III found it. Unfortunately, he tried to see what it was and accidentally shot himself.

The little boy was allegedly watching television when he came upon the gun, got curious, and started to play with it, as ABC News points out.

The gun went off and the boy was hurt. The police have revealed that the little boy lost his life on the scene.

In the official report it is stated that a family friend had brought the gun into the house. Mark Shields, the little boy’s uncle, said that the whole family is very affected by the loss.

“It is just devastating,” he said for the news outlets.

NBC News reported that the boy’s parents are both in jail. Zachary Williams, another uncle, was responsible for looking after the boy at the time the terrible accident occurred.

“He was a regular 6-year-old. He liked to play. He was very lovable,” Williams said.

“It's always paramount to make sure that if you own a gun, you have to have it secure, you always have to know where it is,” Mark Baughman, First Coast News crime and safety analyst, said after the Jacksonville incident.

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