‘A horrible tragedy’: 6-year-old dies in accidental shooting

‘A horrible tragedy’: 6-year-old dies in accidental shooting

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Fort Valley police and the GBI are investigating the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy at the Indian Oaks Apartments. (Credit: Macon Telegraph)
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  • The child's mother was not home, neighbors said.
  • Relatives said the boy was playing with a gun he found in a living room drawer.

At some point Monday evening, 6-year-old Fiya Hollis got his hands on a gun his mother kept for protection.

Authorities in Middle Georgia believe the kindergartner played with the gun before it went off and ultimately killed him, according to the Macon Telegraph.

“This is a horrible tragedy and we grieve along with the entire Fort Valley community,” Fort Valley police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon said.

About 7:55 p.m., the Fort Valley Department of Public Safety was dispatched to a shots-fired call at the Indian Oaks apartments, authorities said.

Fiya was taken to Peach County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His family told police he was home with his 10- and 13-year-old siblings at the time of the shooting, according to Channel 2 Action News.

They said Fiya found the gun in a living room drawer, the television station reported.

While neighbors told Channel 2 the child's mother was not home, the Telegraph reported it was not clear where the mother was at the time of the shooting.

“Detectives are still in the process of conducting interviews and gathering as much information as possible,” Spurgeon said.

The Peach County Division of Family and Children Services is investigating, which is standard procedure in child deaths. The GBI is also investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Valley Police Department at 478-825-3384.

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