Police: Child killed in accidental shooting in White County - WSMV News 4

Police: Child killed in accidental shooting in White County

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Karl Hills Karl Hills

Police in White County said an 7-year-old is dead after an accidental shooting on Sunday night.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. at the child's grandparents' house in the Cassville area, officials said.

The victim, Karl Hills, would have turned 8 at the end of the month, and was excited to begin his new school year.

Hills' grandfather, Dana Buck, said he was in the living room watching TV when he heard a shot. He ran to the bedroom and found Hills, who had accidentally shot himself with a pistol.

Police said Hills got a hold of the gun and accidentally fired it, striking himself.

"It's one of those things that you hope you never have to respond to. Unfortunately, you do," said Detective Chris Isom with the White County Sheriff's Department.

Hills' grandmother said she was at church when it happened. She kept the gun in the house for protection. She had her ex-husband had stalked her for years.

Buck described Hills as a sweet boy who loved school and had recently been baptized. The grandparents were about to finalize Hills' adoption.

No charges are expected to be filed in this case.

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