10-year-old boy killed in Alberta after accidental discharge of firearm: Cops
GRANDE CACHE, Alta. — There was no word Tuesday on whether charges will be laid after a gun being handled by two children accidentally fired and killed one of them in northwestern Alberta.
“It is very tragic,” RCMP Sgt. Josee Valiquette said in Edmonton.
“There was an accidental discharge in a residence south of Grande Cache at a rural acreage area. One of the children was very seriously injured and transported to local hospital and later on sent via STARS (air ambulance) to Edmonton.
“The child has since died.”
A family member said a 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 7-year-old brother.
Valiquette said the circumstances are difficult for everyone involved: family, friends and police.
“First and foremost it is the people involved, the families who are touched by this,” she said. “Our officers are trained to be able to deal with this sort of situation and then later on can seek assistance.”
Grande Cache Mayor Herb Castle said people in the community were distressed by what happened.
“The few people that I’ve had contact with so far and discussed this are very saddened by the tragedy by two young people, and it completely being by accident,” Castle said. “It’s just devastating for people, particularly with children involved.”
Grande Cache is about 435 kilometres west of Edmonton.