OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – A 13-year-old Opelika youth has died in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound Monday afternoon, April 11. Opelika Police Detectives have determined the incident was an unfortunate accident after it appears a loaded firearm fell inside of the home and discharged, striking the victim.

Responding Officers began life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to East Alabama Medical Center where they succumbed to their injuries.

 “Our thoughts are with the family as they grieve the loss of their child,” said Chief Healey. “We encourage all individuals who own a firearm to ensure that it is stored safely and kept in a secure location, away from children, to prevent tragic incidents like this from occurring.”

Around 4:30c Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 300 Block of Wittel Avenue. First responders arrived on the scene and located the 13-year-old victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. Paramedics began life-saving measures at the scene before transporting the victim to East Alabama Medical Center where they succumbed to their injuries at 5:15 p.m. 

If you have any information, please contact the Detective Division at (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Tips can be submitted through the Opelika Police Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.