Teen Playing With a Gun Accidentally Shoots Dead 16-Year-Old Boy: Police

A teenager is believed to have accidentally shot a 16-year-old boy dead in Connecticut, according to police.

According to The Connecticut Post, police arrived at Valley Avenue, in Bridgeport, at about 6 p.m. on Monday following reports that a person had been shot.

Bridgeport police told the outlet a teenager had been "playing" with a gun, which ultimately led to the 16-year-old boy being shot in the head.

Officers identified the victim as Nigel Powell and said he had suffered a wound to his head.

Powell was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police told the outlet it was at first reported as a self-inflicted gunshot injury, but that further witness interviews made them revise their original assessment.

They now believe Powell was shot by another teenager.

Powell is understood to have been with three other children, including a teenager who had been "playing with the gun" when it was fired.

Bridgeport City Councilwoman for the 135th District Mary McBride Lee (D) told News12 Connecticut she was devastated to hear of the loss.

She added: "Just sad. Just sad. You know, being a mother myself I can't imagine, my heart goes out to her [the mother].

McBride Lee continued: "He [the teenager] was playing around with a gun and, you know, he [the victim] got shot."

An investigation into the tragic incident is ongoing and it is unclear whether the other teenagers have been identified by police.

If anyone has any information, call the Bridgeport Police Department tips line on 203-576-TIPS.

Newsweek has contacted the Bridgeport Police Department for comment.

Last month, a 2-year-old boy was found dead after he accidentally shot himself in the head in Texas.

When Waco police officers arrived at the University Club Apartments they found the boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Due to the boy's age, they did not share the victim's name.

While officers carried out their investigation, they found the boy had come across the gun in a "backpack belonging to an adult family member."

According to Nationwide Children's Hospital, a pediatric and research medical institute, located in Columbus, Ohio, hundreds of children die from firearm injuries.

According to the institute: "Nearly 1,300 children younger than 18 years of age die from shootings every year."

It added: "Most of the victims of unintentional shootings are boys. They are usually shot by a friend or relative, especially a brother."

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Stock image. Police said the teenager accidentally shot the boy, 16, in the head. z1b/iStock