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Police: Young boy dies in accidental shooting

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Christmas is supposed to be about joy, but for one North Memphis family it's anything but.

Their 10-year-old son died Tuesday afternoon in what police are describing as an accidental fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim was identified as Alfreddie Gipson.

After an investigation Tuesday afternoon by homicide investigators, police said  Alfreddie's older brother, 12, accidentally shot him after they were playing with an unsecured handgun.

Police received a call at around 1:15 p.m. and first responders raced out to the 3200 block of Coleman. They did everything to try to save Alfreddie after rushing him to the trauma center at LeBonheur Children's Hospital.

The young boy was in extremely critical condition upon arriving at LeBonheur but he was pronounced dead soon after, police said.

"It's sad. The family has my sympathy," said Brenda Stewart, neighbor. "We don't know what happened over there. I really didn't even hear no shots or nothing and we're right next door."

Several people were inside the house at the time of the accidental shooting, police said.

Spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said the two brothers were playing with the unsecured handgun in a bedroom.

An adult family member was present during the shooting, but was unaware that the children had discovered the gun, Sgt. Rudolph said in a media release.

The incident was presented to the Attorney General's Office, and it was determined there would be no criminal charges filed against the 12-year-old.

Homicide detectives released the other brother back into custody of his parents.


FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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