No charges will be filed in accidental shooting of 7-year-old Aurora boy, assistant Aurora D.A. says

7-year-old has long way to recovery

AURORA, Colo. - No charges will be filed in the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old Aurora boy, the district attorney's office has decided. 

At a press conference held by the Aurora Police Department, Arapahoe County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlbert told media no charges would be filed in the case after close examination. 

During the briefing, Aurora PD finally answered some of the questions that arose at the time of the shooting nearly two weeks ago, when the 7-year-old boy was accidentally wounded inside a home in the Hoffman Heights neighborhood on July 9. 

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Among some of the new findings in the investigation, Aurora PD Division Chief Kevin Flynn said the shooter was a 12-year-old boy who was home alone without adult supervision at the time of the incident. Flynn said the 12-year-old went inside the home with five other friends ranging form 7-13 years of age because they asked for a drink of water after playing outside.

"This was against the house rules of his parents as he was not allowed to have anyone inside the residence when there was not an adult present," said Flynn. 

When asked how the boy got possession of the gun, Flynn said the 12-year-old told his friends there was a gun in the house and took it from the pocket of his father's coat, which was hanging on a coat rack inside his parents' bedroom. 

"It is our understanding that the father had hidden the gun and did not believe he had access or knowledge as to where the gun had been located," Flynn said. 

Flynn also said the boy then began waving the gun around in a non-menacing manner, passed it around to his friends, and when he tried to take it back, accidentally fired the shot which wounded the 7-year-old boy. 

"You may not know, you may think that your child does not know that you have a weapon, you may think that they don't know where it is kept, but they do," said Hurlbert, "and If they find it, tragic events are going to happen."

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Flynn said the 7-year-old has a long road to recovery. 

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