An 11-year old boy from California died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound he had inflicted on himself during an online zooming course.
The sheriff’s office of San Joaquin County confirmed that the Woodbridge Elementary School student, who could not be identified, died of the injuries on Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened to report that, based on preliminary findings, an 11-year-old Woodbridge Elementary School student has died due to injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” a statement said.
“Our thoughts go out to the family and all those affected by this tragic event.
Members were called to report that a person had been shot. When they arrived at the 300 block of Sterling Street in Woodbridge, they found a teenager with a head injury.
The child was taken to a nearby hospital but was later pronounced dead.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office announced that they are continuing to investigate the incident. The Unified School District of Lodi stated that the shooting occurred during a sixth grade zoom class.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Lodi Unified School District added: “We are deeply saddened that a Woodbridge Elementary School student died today as a result of a gunshot wound.
“In these difficult times, counseling and grief counseling services are available to students and staff. Our thoughts go out to the family affected by this terrible tragedy.
“We also offer our condolences to the community of Woodbridge Elementary School. If you are concerned about your child’s response to this loss, please contact your child’s school website for support.
Neighbors described hearing the boy’s sister running out of the house and screaming the morning of the shooting.
“The sister came here and knocked on the door,” said a man who did not want to be identified toKCRA 3.
“This little boy was one of the nicest little boys you ever wanted to meet. He was very special. Unconcerned. He was the type of person who would never hurt anyone. Gently spoken, with a beautiful smile.”
Stockton’s mayor Michael Tubbs wrote on Twitter: “My heart is with my family, classmates @lodiusd and the wider community.
“At this time we must visit each other and our children and know that community is the antidote to crises. We must make our children a priority as we get through this pandemic.
The office of the Sheriff of San Joaquin County has been contacted for further comments.
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