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Police: 11-year-old boy in critical condition after shooting in Prince George's County

Police: Juvenile in critical condition after shooting in Prince George's County (Jay Korff/ABC7)

The Prince George's County Police are investigating a shooting that left an 11-year-old boy in critical condition.

Police say officers responded to the scene at around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in Suitland.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and police believe the shooting was accidental.

In a press conference, police said a 33-year-old former military member accidentally shot his 11-year-old neighbor while babysitting.

The gun, according to authorities, accidentally fired while the man was putting it away.

ABC7's Jay Korff says the man rushed the child to the hospital himself.

The shooting happened in the 3000 block of Bellamy Way.

The family of the 11-year-old boy released the following statement Wednesday:

"We would like to thank those who have reached out to us during this difficult time. We are currently still processing what has happened as our beloved family member remains in critical condition.
At this time, we are going to limit our comments as the Prince George’s County Police Department continues their investigation into this incident. If any further comments are warranted, we will be making them at the appropriate time.
As you can imagine, the attention has been overwhelming for us.
Also, we would like to remain anonymous and ask for privacy as we deal with this incident.
We ask for everyone’s prayers as a beloved family member goes through these next 24 hours."

This story will be updated.

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