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Boy Killed When Gun Accidentally Goes Off Inside Hilltop Home

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A 12-year-old boy is dead after police say he inadvertantly shot himself while mishandling a gun inside a Hilltop home Monday evening.
Police say Demitri Lifte Gore died at the scene inside a Warren Avenue home on Columbus' West side.

“Initial investigation and witness accounts point to a situation where the victim was fatally wounded by the unsafe handling of a loaded firearm,” a police release said. “Exactly how the shooting occurred, who was involved and how the firearm was obtained is still all under investigation.”

Police say "there is no evidence or indication that this incident is anything more than an unfortunate tragedy,” but an investigation will continue.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.