HARVEY, La. — Authorities in Louisiana say a 14-year-old was pronounced dead after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato says a 16-year-old told detectives the victim was handling a gun when the weapon discharged and struck the younger boy in the stomach inside an apartment in Harvey. Authorities say the shooting Thursday evening has been classified as “accidental.”

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the victim was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

No further information was immediately available.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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