INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 10-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself Sunday night, according to police.
It happened Sunday night near the intersection of Gale and Vermont on Indy’s east side. Right now, investigators with the IMPD believe the death is the result of a tragic accident.
The boy was identified Monday as Noah Sarver.
Neighbors say Sarver was a good boy just didn’t understand the dangers of playing with a firearm.
“Everybody was out here crying. It was really sad and to hear his mom crying when they brought his body out, it was sad,” said neighbor Cindy Masters.
Cindy and several other neighbors didn’t hear the fatal gunshot that killed him, but they did hear the boy’s father frantically calling for help.
“I came outside and all I heard was him yelling for help. He was running back and forth yelling for help,” said neighbor Paul Martin.
Neighbors say the victim had been playing with a cousin before the shooting. That cousin told neighbors the boys found the gun in this alley behind the victim’s home.
Just a few minutes later, it’s believed Noah pulled the trigger accidentally killing himself.
“I don’t believe Noah realized the gun was loaded and that’s what happened,” said Masters.
“At this point in the investigation, from witness statements and other evidence, we believe this to be a tragic accident,” said IMPD Capt. Richard Riddle.
Riddle would not say how child got gun, if in fact it was found in the alley or if it belonged to the father.
“Our investigators are trying to determine how the child and the other child had this gun in their possession,” said Riddle.
Neighbors say they don’t blame the boy’s father for the shooting.
“I want people to know the father is a great father. He’s a good man,” said Martin.
Police still have to complete their investigation to determine if there was any negligence that could result in criminal charges. The story is also a reminder for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of playing with guns.