Fatal shooting of 13-year-old Palm City boy likely accidental, authorities sayMay 27th, 2011 by TCPalm.com
By Keona Gardner
PALM CITY — Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy who authorities suspect shot himself Friday afternoon while showing a gun to a friend, a Martin County Sheriff’s Office news release states.
About 4:42 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to a home on 31st Street in Palm City regarding the report of an accidental shooting.
There, Martin County Fire Rescue found Patrick Appleton, 13, dead from a gunshot wound to the neck, the release states.
A second 13-year-old boy, who is not related to Patrick and does not live in the home, told detectives the two went to the home after school.
Alone in the home, both boys were in the living room until Patrick went to his bedroom, the release states.
A short time later, Patrick returned to the living room with a gun, the boy told detectives.
The witness said Patrick was handling the gun when it discharged, hitting him in the neck. The witness told detectives he called 911 for help.
The witness stated he had only been in the home a short time, having arrived there after school.
The shooting is believed to be accidental and foul play is not suspected, the news release.
Detectives are investigating who owns the gun.
No further information was available Friday evening.