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8-year-old boy killed crawling through space in automatic gate at Vegas-area housing community

This undated photo provided by the North Las Vegas, Nev., Police Department, shows an automatic gate apparatus in which an 8-year-old boy apparently died, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after being struck by the metal arm that opens the entryway to the North Las Vegas housing community where he lived, authorities said. The arm that opens and closes the gate moves back and forth in the space measuring 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide that Matthew Cattlet was known to play in. He was crushed after another child on a bicycle approached the gate Tuesday afternoon, triggering a motion sensor for it to move, North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.(AP Photo/

This undated photo provided by the North Las Vegas, Nev., Police Department, shows an automatic gate apparatus in which an 8-year-old boy apparently died, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after being struck by the metal arm that opens the entryway to the North Las Vegas housing community where he lived, authorities said. The arm that opens and closes the gate moves back and forth in the space measuring 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide that Matthew Cattlet was known to play in. He was crushed after another child on a bicycle approached the gate Tuesday afternoon, triggering a motion sensor for it to move, North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.(AP Photo/  (The Associated Press)

Police say an 8-year-old boy has died after being struck by a metal arm that opens a gate in a suburban Las Vegas housing community.

The arm that opens and closes the automatic gate moves back and forth in a space that the boy was known to play in.

North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon says the boy was apparently crawling through the space that's 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide Tuesday afternoon when another child on a bicycle approached the gate, triggering a motion sensor for it to move.

Coon says a teenager who saw the bar hit the boy called 911, reporting that the boy was stuck in the gate and suffered a severe injury.