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No charges expected after child accidentally shoots, kills himself

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Scene from where police say a child accidentally shot, killed himself. (Source: WGCL) Scene from where police say a child accidentally shot, killed himself. (Source: WGCL)
Scene from where police say a child accidentally shot, killed himself. (Source: WGCL) Scene from where police say a child accidentally shot, killed himself. (Source: WGCL)
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Police say a 11-year-old child accidentally shot and killed himself while playing with a gun Friday.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. in the 4900 block of Appaloosa Trail in Gwinnett County, which is just northeast of Atlanta.

According to police, two boys -- ages 9 and 11 -- were in the garage playing when a gun the 11-year-old child was playing with went off by accident. The boy has been identified as Alan Martinez.

Martinez's mother was inside the home when the incident occurred, according to authorities.

Police said no charges are expected against the child's mother. 

"We don't anticipate any charges being filed against the mother of the child," said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington. "It's our understanding that the gun was generally stored in a safe place and at some point in time, the child gained access to it."

"This is a very sad and unfortunate reminder for gun owners to ensure that your guns are locked in a place that children cannot access. It is also a reminder of how important it is to teach children the dangers of playing with guns," said Gwinnett County police in a statement.

Martinez was a student at Summerour Middle School in Norcross.

Bernard Watson, Director of Community Relations with Gwinnett County Public Schools issued this statement regarding the case on Monday morning:

The GCPS community is aware of the tragic death of a student who attends Summerour Middle School. We do have additional counselors at the school to help any students who need to talk about this situation.

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