Plymouth boy found loaded handgun, accidentally shot himself in head

The boy's mother had no idea there was a gun in their house.
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The boy who died from a gunshot wound to the head in Plymouth on Wednesday shot himself after finding a loaded handgun in his home.

Plymouth police issued an update to the tragic accident on Wednesday, revealing that the victim was 7-year-old Keyaris Samuels.

Samuels had returned to his home on the 6000 block of Shenandoah Lane with three of his child relatives, aged 7-11, when they found an unlocked box containing the handgun and a new hoverboard.

The children started playing outside when Samuels went back in alone, opening the box and handling the gun, accidentally discharging it.

He was struck by a bullet in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no adults home at the time. The boy's mother, who returned a short time later, told police she has no idea whose gun it is or how it came to be in her house.

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Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein told media on Thursday that he's angry over the death, saying: "This entire incident should never have occurred, no one should have died and especially not an innocent child."

He said that from everything he's learned about Samuels, he was a "sweet boy."

"An irresponsible gun owner left a loaded firearm alone with easy access for four children who lived at the home," he added.

He says that guns should be kept unloaded in a locked box. Police are trying to track down the gun's owner.

Samuels was a first grader at Wayzata Public Schools, which issued a statement saying it's "deeply saddened and impacted by this tragic news."

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