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Honor student, 16, video-chatting with a friend accidentally shoots himself dead with a handgun in Maine

  • Boy from New Sharon, Maine, was video-chatting with a friend on Monday when gun discharged 
  • Friend and a parent went to the 16-year-old’s house to check on him and found the boy dead 
  • Gun belonged to a family member and was thought to be unloaded and kept in a closet  

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

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A 16-year-old boy from Maine accidentally shot and killed himself with a handgun while video chatting with a friend on Monday.

The unnamed victim, from New Sharon, was an honor student at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, police said.

A friend noticed something was wrong during their video chat on Monday and went with a parent to the boy’s home on Industry Road and found him dead, the Sun Journal reported.

A 16-year-old boy was video-chatting with a friend from his home on Industry Road in New Sharon, Maine (pictured) on Monday when a gun he was handling discharged

Law enforcement officers and medics responded to the scene at 3pm and confirmed the fatality.  

An investigation revealed the gun was owned by a family member and was thought to be unloaded and kept in a closet alongside another firearm. 

There are no charges pending in connection to the self-inflicted fatal shooting, which appeared to be a ‘horrific accident,’ police said.

Regional School Unit 9 Superintendent Tina Meserve sent an email to parents on Wednesday notifying them of the tragic incident. She said counseling services are available for students and staff both in person at the school and via Zoom. 

The victim was an honor student at Mt Blue High School in Farmington 

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