A 10-year-old boy who died in a shooting inside a southwest valley home Tuesday afternoon found the weapon and shot himself, Las Vegas police said Wednesday.
The Clark County coroner’s office identified the child as Kameron Asgari. The office hadn’t determined Kameron’s cause and manner of death.
Lisa Teele, supervisor with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Abuse and Neglect Detail, said Wednesday afternoon the shooting was either an accident or a suicide. The investigation was ongoing.
Teele said the boy found the "unsecured" weapon, but she would not release details. She said adults were in the home during the shooting.
"I urge our community to be diligent in securing their weapons, especially around children," Teele said. "It can happen really, really quickly. One loss is too many."
The shooting was reported at 2:45 p.m. at a home on the 5800 block of Ponderosa Way, near Russell Road and Jones Boulevard.
Teele said it was too early in the investigation to comment on whether any adults will be charged in connection with the child’s death.
David Roddy, a spokesman for the Clark County School District, said Kameron was a fifth-grader at Jydstrup Elementary School, near Tropicana Avenue and Lindell Road. No elementary students were in school Wednesday because it was a scheduled conference day for parents.
Roddy said a crisis intervention team will be at Jydstrup this morning.
In a separate incident, police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said a 13-year-old girl was in critical condition at University Medical Center late Wednesday afternoon after shooting herself Tuesday night.
Rivera said that just after 11 p.m., police responded to a home at 2100 Dragon Claw Lane, near Lake Mead and Hollywood boulevards in the northeast valley.
Rivera said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, including how the teenager obtained the gun. Rivera said the incident is being investigated as a suicide attempt.
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