Boy Shot in Face by Friend in 'Senseless' Accident

IBN Anderson is recovering at Cooper Hospital in Camden, five days after being shot in the face

By Dan Stamm and Lauren DiSanto
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 5:02 PM EDT
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11-Year-old Shoots 12-Year-Old

IBN Anderson, 12, was accidentally shot in the face.

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A 12-year-old Camden boy is recovering in the hospital five days after being shot in the face by his friend.

IBN Anderson was shot last Friday around 8 a.m. at an apartment at the Crestbury Apartments on the unit block of Hunter Street in Camden.

His 11-year-old friend pulled the trigger, but prosecutors say it appears to have been accidental.

Investigators say neither child was aware the weapon was loaded.

Camden Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson describes this as a "senseless tragedy." 

The boys were getting ready to head to school at H.B. Wilson Elementary school when the shooting happened.

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The victim's sister talked with NBC10's Monique Braxton. "He hit the wall. He was like 'please God save my life. Please God save me. And if I die, please let me go to heaven,' " said Nashaya Anderson, who says the boys were playing around.

Investigators say they are still trying to find out who the gun belonged to and how it got into the hands of two children.

 


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