A child has died after a shooting deemed accidental in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
Police responded to the 2300 block of N. Maryland just after 4 p.m. on a report of a child possibly shot in the chest with a BB gun who was struggling to breathe.
Officers arriving on scene found the boy, who is between ages 8 and 9, suffered an actual gunshot wound to the chest.
Police spokeswoman Amy Dotson said officers determined the shooting happened within a home on N. Maryland. Detectives said the shooting was caused by children handling a gun.
The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The incident is under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 673-4521 or CrimeStoppers at 673-9000.
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