Puyallup police investigating death of 13-year-old boy as unintentional shooting

Staff writerFebruary 6, 2014 

A 13-year-old boy died Thursday after he was shot by his juvenile friend in what was being investigated as an unintentional shooting, Puyallup police said.

Police responded just after 3 p.m. to the shooting in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast in Puyallup.

Officers arrived to find a boy trying to help the 13-year-old who had been shot in the chest, police spokesman Scott Engle said.

The 13-year-old was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where he later died. He was identified as Eddie Holmes of Puyallup by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators determined five boys were hanging out at the home after school at the time of the shooting, and that no adults were at the residence, police said.

An initial release said four boys had been at the home, but police said later they learned a fifth boy had been with the group, but was in another area of the residence at the time of the shooting.

The boy who lived at the home took an unsecured shotgun from the master bedroom and showed it to the others, gave the gun to a second boy, and shortly thereafter the 13-year-old was shot, police said.

Engle said the boy who fired the gun called for help, as the boy who lived at the home gave first aid to the victim. The other two left the house and were found by officers nearby, Engle said.

All four boys were being interviewed by detectives Thursday night, who were investigating the death as an unintentional shooting, police said.

Engle said the boys ranged in age from 12 to 14 and were all friends. He believed each was from Puyallup.

Police said they planned to book the boy who was holding the gun when it fired into juvenile detention Thursday night, on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter. They said the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office would review the case to see if additional arrests were warranted.

The boy who died was a Kalles Junior High School student, district spokesman Brian Fox said.

Additional counselors will be available at the school Friday to offer grief counseling, he said.

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