12-Year-Old Alabama Boy William Paris Accidentally Shot Dead by His Cousin
A 12-year-old Alabama boy was accidentally shot and killed by his cousin, who was showing off a new shotgun he’d gotten for Christmas.
William Paris of Pleasant Valley was shot dead by his cousin, also age 12, at the cousin’s home on Macon Johnson Drive on Tuesday afternoon. The boys were playing outside on a trampoline when Paris’ cousin went into the house to retrieve the shotgun so he could show off the prized Christmas gift.
Unbeknownst to the boy, the gun was loaded and when he pulled the trigger he shot Paris in his chest. Jacksonville Emergency Medical Services and a helicopter responded to the incident.
“The injuries were too severe and the young man was pronounced dead at the Jacksonville hospital,” Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson told the Anniston Star.
Amerson said there was an adult present in the home when the shooting occurred, but was cooking dinner in the kitchen.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” Amerson told the Star. “The boy described his cousin as his best friend.”
The shooter will not be charged due to the accidental nature of the killing.
Paris is at least the seventh child to die from being shot in the United States in 2013.
On Tuesday, Brendalyz Morales, 15, was accidentally shot dead by her own brother in their Milwaukee, Wisconsin home.
On Monday morning, 14-year-old Maurice Edmonds II and his mother, 47-year-old Sandra Palmer, were shot and killed in Greensboro, North Carolina.
On Sunday, 16-year-old Anna Karam, who was 4 months pregnant, was shot and killed in Akron, Ohio. Her friend, 19-year-old Jessica Halman, was also shot in the head but survived.
Last Friday, Melanie Reyes of Ocala, Florida shot and killed her 6-month-old son Jonah Mendoza before turning the gun on herself and pulling the trigger. She survived but was severely injured. Reyes was taken off life support and pronounced dead on Tuesday.
On January 3, Aaliyah Boyer, 10, of Manheim, Pennsylvania was taken off life support and pronounced dead three days after getting struck in the head by a stray bullet fired during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Also on January 3, Shukur Brown, 16, turned himself in to Flint, Michigan police after confessing to accidentally shooting his best friend, 15-year-old Gianni Herron, to death on New Year’s Eve.