Boy, 14, dies after being accidentally shot

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A 14-year-old boy accidentally shot by another boy early Sunday has died.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that Darius Marcel Boone died of a gunshot wound to the head. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Fort Wayne Police were called shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 2700 Block of Chestnut on a report of a possible shooting.  Officers arrived and found two boys suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.   

The boys – Boone and 9-year-old Christopher Hatch, Jr. – were taken to a local hospital, Boone in critical condition and Hatch in serious condition with a wound to the leg. Police said the bullet struck Boone in the head then hit Hatch in the leg.

Police spokesman Michael Joyner said Monday that investigators believe that 14-year-old Devon Weaver was playing with a loaded handgun when it fired. Weaver has been arrested and preliminarily charged as a juvenile  with criminal recklessness.

The case is likely to be waived to adult court with the death of Boone.


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