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Coroner: Shooting death of Youngstown 4-yr-old could be accident or homicide

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Mahoning County coroner says the shooting death of a four-year-old boy on the city's north side could be an accident or homicide.

Police were called to 448 Fairgreen Ave. apt.#3 around 11:04 p.m., Sunday where they say four-year-old Raytwon Briggs was found dead in a bedroom.

According to a police report, Raytwon Briggs was found unresponsive on a bed with a gunshot wound to the face.

A witness in the room, 52-year-old Pamela Ann Easterly, said she did not know how the victim was shot but said that three children, including Raytwon Briggs, were playing in the room while she was in the living room when she heard a gunshot sound.

Two guns were found in the residence and Pamela Ann Easterly said that one of the guns, owned by 26-year-old Derrell Easterly, stays under the mattress in the room.

Police Chief Rod Foley said that it looked like the children accidentally discharged a weapon while playing in the room but officials are treating the incident as a homicide.
 
A statement from Mahoning Coroner Dr. David Kennedy says there is equally sufficient evidence from the scene and autopsy to suggest either an accident or a homicide.
 
The statement goes on to say that the Coroner's Office will not rule on the manner of death until all investigations and laboratory testing is completed.

Stay connected to wfmj.com and 21 News for more on this developing story.

 

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