COPY-12-year-old boy fatally shot while showing off gun

Associated Press - July 3, 2007 11:04 AM ET

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Manatee County say a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself while showing off a handgun to his cousins.

The sheriff's spokesman says Shawn Poag Junior was in the living room of his home around noon yesterday with 2 of cousins as he held the .32-caliber pistol and spun the loaded chamber.

The boy ended up shooting himself in the neck. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators are trying to determine who owns the gun and how the boy got it.

Neither of the cousins is suspected of wrongdoing. All three boys lived at the house with their grandmother, and no one else was home at the time.

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