Fatal shooting of boy examined

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown police are investigating the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy at a residence Friday night.

Police Chief Philip Breeden said officers were dispatched to the residence in the 2000 block of East First Street after receiving reports of a shooting.

Breeden did not release the name of the boy.

Police are waiting for autopsy reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner before determining whether the death was accidental or intentional. Breeden said the wounded boy was discovered inside the house, which also appeared to be the scene of the shooting.

“It was in fact a gunshot wound,” Breeden said of the boy’s injury. “Right now, it’s being worked as an undetermined death.”

Breeden said the wound appeared to have been inflicted by a small caliber handgun. He said police have no knowledge of anyone else inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Breeden said a Middletown ambulance crew took the boy to Winchester Medical Center. The victim was flown later to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville where he died later that night.

“We found a firearm in the residence that we believe may have been the firearm used,” Breeden said. “We won’t know for sure until we get the lab results back.”

Law enforcement officials from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police joined Middleton police at the scene of the shooting.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com