Amerson said the shooting occurred at the home of the boy’s 12-year-old cousin on Macon Johnson Drive. The two boys were playing outside on a trampoline, when the victim’s cousin went inside to get a shotgun he received as a Christmas present, Amerson said, intending to show him the gift.
The sheriff said the victim was standing on the trampoline when the shotgun, which had been loaded with one shell, went off and hit the boy in the chest. Jacksonville Emergency Medical Services and a helicopter were called, Amerson said.
“The injuries were too severe and the young man was pronounced dead at the Jacksonville hospital,” Amerson said, referring to RMC Jacksonville.
Amerson said an adult was at the home during the incident, but was in the house cooking dinner.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” Amerson said. “The boy described his cousin as his best friend.”
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