10-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself dead while playing with a gun

Rest in peace, Tootie. Our hearts go out to the grieving family.

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A 10-year-old boy lost his life after he accidentally shot himself while playing with a gun. Teon Burwell found the weapon in the house and got curious, thus took it in his arms. Unfortunately, the gun fired and shot Teon in the arm. The bullet went through to his other arm and hit an artery, according to the boy’s grandma, Louise Shelton, who spoke to WTVR.com about the tragedy.

Teon, whom his family and friends called Tootie, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

At the time of the accident, he was with his 12-year-old brother. Richmond Police released a statement saying they are yet to discover how the boy ended up with the gun and added they are not searching for suspects and are treating the case as an accident.

This is 10-year-old Teon Burwell. His family says he was playing at his home when he found a gun Tuesday evening. They…

Posted by Brendan King – WTVR CBS 6 on Wednesday, 17 March 2021

His aunt, Maria Shelton, described Teon as a fun and great kid who always laughed. She also urged people to keep their weapons out of the reach of kids in hopes of tragedies like this one from happening in the future. “He should’ve never had a way to get access to a firearm at the age of 10, period,” Shelton said. “It was an accident, but he’s gone. If you have guns lock them up and keep them far away.”

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Posted by WTVR CBS 6 News on Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Rest in peace, Tootie. Our hearts go out to the grieving family.