Crossville PD: 7-year-old dies after being accidentally shot by another child

Police in Crossville say a 7 year old boy died Monday after an accidental shooting involving a loaded gun in his mother's purse.

UPDATE: (CROSSVILLE) The 7-year-old boy accidentally shot in the head Monday by one of his siblings has died, according to Crossville police.

The outlook for the unidentified child had been serious from the start, according to authorities.

Police confirmed his death about 8:45 p.m. Monday. He was taken to a Knoxville area hospital.

A University of Tennessee Medical Center spokeswoman said she could not confirm if the child had been taken there.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon as four children sat in a vehicle outside a Verizon store in Crossville.

The mother and stepfather had gone inside to pay a bill. One of the children found a loaded gun in the mother's purse.

Police said the child tried to unload the gun. The weapon went off and hit the boy in the head.

The Cumberland County District Attorney General"s Office and the Department of Children’s Services were investigating.

A Verizon spokesperson declined to comment.

PREVIOUS STORY: A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head by one of his siblings after their parents left them unattended in a car Monday afternoon, according to the Crossville Police Department. 

According to a news release, four children had been left in a vehicle while their mother and step-father went inside a business to pay a bill.

During that time, investigators discovered that one of the children found a loaded semi-automatic pistol inside their mother's purse. When the child tried to remove the magazine, the firearm discharged and struck the 7-year-old male victim. 

Emergency responders arrived and found the victim was bleeding from the head. 

The victim was flown to a Knoxville area trauma hospital for treatment. 

The Cumberland County District Attorney General's Office and the Department of Children's Services have been notified and are involved in the investigation. 

Crossville Police described the incident as a "tragic accidental shooting." 



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