Schoolboy, 10, ‘accidentally shot himself in head while playing with his cop uncle’s gun after finding it in his room’

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A SCHOOLBOY accidentally shot himself in the head while he was playing with his uncle’s gun.

Tragic Gabriel Gustavo de Souza Mota, 10, was playing with his cousin when he found the weapon on top of a wardrobe at a family home in Juatuba, Brazil.


Gabriel Gustavo de Souza Mota, tragically died aged 10[/caption]


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The boy found the weapon on top of a wardrobe[/caption]

The boy stood on a stool to get the gun and despite his cousin’s advice, he started playing with it.

The girl later told police that Gabriel accidentally shot himself in the head.

As soon as they heard the gunshot, the adults present rushed to the room and saw Gabriel lying on the floor with a wound on his head.

They took him to the local general hospital, but he was pronounced dead.



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Police later seized the firearm, which was legally owned, as part of the ongoing investigation.

The boy’s uncle – a police officer – told Military Police that “when he arrived at the rural property, he put his belongings in the room where the incident occurred.

“And his firearm was stored, by him, in the wardrobe, in the upper part, a place of difficult access, holstered and locked.”

The school Gabriel attended suspended all classes so staff and students could mourn the boy’s passing.

Etelvina de Oliveira Guimaraes Municipal School said in a statement: “May the family, friends and teachers of this exemplary student, who left eternal memories in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him, be comforted.”

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