Police investigating death of 10-year-old boy in southwest Charlotte

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives are interviewing the parents of a 10-year-old who fatally shot himself Wednesday morning in southwest Charlotte.

Police said the boys’ family called 911 just before 6 a.m. from their home on Connecting Road.

Investigators said they are looking for possible motives for the apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that the boy lived at the home with his 12-year-old sister and parents, and all appeared to be home at the time of the shooting.

Police have not said how the boy gained access to the gun he used to shoot himself.

Neighbors also said the boy and his sister are students at Providence Day School, where the boys’ father also works.

A friend of the family, who did not want to be identified, said when she learned what happened this morning, it was tough to hold back the tears.

“It was heartbreaking. He was such a wonderful kid. Smart. He was polite, he was just wonderful,” she said.

Neighbors described the 10 year old as a bright, playful boy.

“He was such a wonderful kid, he was smart, he was polite,” said Crystal Cook.

Another neighbor who asked not to be identified said the neighborhood is in shock.

“I can’t comprehend it,” she said.

 Police have not said if the boys’ parents will face any charges in connection with the shooting, or if the gun involved was secured.

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