Sheriff: Fatal Shooting of Morrow Co. Boy Likely Accidental
Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 08:37 PM EDT
MORROW COUNTY -- Community members are struggling to come to grips with an apparently accidental tragedy that took the life of a 10-year-old boy on Thursday night.
Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman told ABC 6/FOX 28 his office is investigating the death of Dalton Taylor as an accidental shooting.
Taylor was shot with his father's hunting rifle while playing among a group of children in the garage of his family's home near Marengo. The weapon was left unsecured by the boy's father, who had recently removed it from his car.
"They got hold of the gun somehow, the gun discharged and Dalton was hit," Brenneman said.
The boy's death has left several unanswered questions for investigators, including the identity of the shooter. Brenneman does not believe the boy shot himself.
Taylor's father called 911 while frantically trying to save his son's life after the shooting. During the call, the man is heard blaming himself for leaving the gun in the garage.
"The family is crushed right at the moment," Brenneman said. "How else could you be? They're just devastated."
The family requested that Taylor's school not release his photo. District superintendent Bill Dodds described the child as a "Very active, typical little boy that just loves life. Just a great kid from a great family."
Investigators are still working to determine the details of the shooting, but Sheriff Brenneman said he does not expect charges to be filed.
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