Chula Vista Police – NBC 7 San Diego
The 12-year-old boy who died in Chula Vista in early July accidentally shot down with a phantom weapon a friend brought home on a sleepover, police confirmed on Friday.
At approximately 9:10 a.m. on July 3, Chula Vista police were called to the Woodland Hills condominium complex to investigate reports of gunfire.
When officers arrived at the compound, they found a 12-year-old boy lying on the ground outside. His family had moved him outside; he suffered at least one gunshot wound, police said.
Officers and medics attempted to resuscitate the boy and he was taken to a local hospital. He died in hospital shortly after, CVPD said.
A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot himself with a gun brought home by a 15-year-old friend.
CVPD questioned the friend who brought the gun, a 15-year-old boy, and said the 15-year-old claims to have obtained it from a family member. Lt. CVPD Dan Peak said the boy was vague and wouldn’t say who the gun belonged to.
The boy now has a lawyer and is cooperating with the police, however, he has not provided any further statement, Lt. CVPD Dan Peak said.
If police determine who owns the gun, the owner could face potential criminal charges depending on how he obtained the gun, Lt. Dan Peak of the CVPD told NBC 7.
San Diego City Council on Tuesday, September 14, passed an ordinance to ban firearms without an individual serial number – so-called “ghost weapons” – and to curb their proliferation on the streets.
The Ordinance on the Disposal of Non-Traceable Non-Serialized Firearms (ENUF) will become law on October 14.
Police said an anonymous tip could make a big difference in the case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.