A 12-year-old Florida boy died Friday evening after he accidentally shot himself while at a friend’s house, police said.
The boy had been dropped off at his 13-year-old friend’s home in Lakeland, Florida, east of Tampa, on Friday for a sleepover when the boys found a gun inside a car in the garage, the Lakeland Police Department said early reports indicated in a statement.
The boy accidentally shot himself while handling the gun, police said.
He was treated for his wounds at the scene around 7 p.m. and rushed to a hospital where he died of his injuries.
The boy’s mother said she had believed that the 13-year-old’s parents were home at the time but they were at work and said they hadn’t given permission for a friend to come over, the release said.
The investigation remains open.