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13-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting; friend arrested

PuyallupShotgunDeathPUYALLUP — A 13-year-old boy who allegedly accidentally shot his friend was arrested on 1st-degree manslaughter charges, Puyallup police said.

The boy was arrested shortly after allegedly shooting 13-year-old Eddie Holmes. Holmes and his friend were playing with a gun in a Puyallup home when the gun went off, killing the young teen.

Neighbors say they never heard a gunshot, but saw what happened next.

“The young man was sitting in the driveway just rocking back and forth saying; I shot my best friend, I shot my best friend,” neighbor Carol Sharick said.

A 911 call reporting shots fired brought police to this small house in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast just after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

“Upon the arrival of our officers they located a subject, a juvenile, inside the residence that had been shot in the chest. There was also another juvenile inside the residence attempting to provide first aid for him,” Puyallup Police Captain Scott Engle said.

Paramedics arrived and did what they could, but the boy died a short time later. According to police, the boy who shot his friend and the resident of the home called police and tried to administer CPR. Two other boys in the home at the time of the accident left the home, but were quickly found by police.

“Ah, how horrible, how very horrible. Everyone in the neighborhood is upset by this,” Sharick said.

Police say five boys were in the house hanging out after school, the boy who lived in the house brought out a shotgun, it was loaded and somehow went off striking the 13-year-old boy in the chest.

photoHolmes’s parents and family released this statement following his death.

“Our hearts are broken at the tragic loss of our dear Eddie Zee. Life is a gift from God and we thank Him for each day he blessed us with Eddie Zee. Eddie was a wonderful son- very loving and caring. He enjoyed being with his big brother Jose, his dog Buddy, and playing video games. Our prayers are with the families that are also involved. Legislators need to pass a law against gun violence in America. Our prayers are also with all families that have lost a loved one by gun violence. We would like to thank the Puyallup Police Department for their support and everyone who have prayed and/or called to lift us up.” 

Police and neighbors call the shooting senseless, totally avoidable and a tragedy that did not have to happen.

“I don’t understand why people aren’t more secure of their things that they have in their home that are deadly to kids.  You see it all the time you’d think the kids would even realize they shouldn’t be playing around with things like that,” Sharick said.

“You got to keep the guns away from the kids, I mean, kids are going to be curious and kids are going to be kids so it’s not really their fault but they’ve got to also be taught too you know,” neighbor Larry Lagasa said.


8 Comments to “13-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting; friend arrested”

    cwl said:
    February 7, 2014 at 7:47 AM


    Megan said:
    February 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    sorry to correct but – one shot, how many victims?
    the dead boy, the boy who shot him, the boy who tried to save him, the 3 boys who fled…
    the parents and siblings and extended family members of all of those CHILDREN…
    how many lives must be destroyed before this is stopped?
    apparently not enough so far

    Skip said:
    February 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I know people have guns in the home to protect against intruders and burglars, but it seems friends and family members are the ones that get shot more often.

    Joe said:
    February 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Training is the problem.

    Serena said:
    February 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Heartbreaking! A beautiful kid dies from a shot gun that was loaded and unsecured! The other boys scarred for life. Don’t understand why the boy who accidentally shot his best friend is in juvenile detention, hope he gets help, he’ll need it , Prayers to the boys and their families! Think one way we can stop all these parents from being so negligent leaving loaded firearms where their young ones can get them is to charge them for the crime their unsecured weapon was used in. Also they should pay all monetary damages incurred by their stupidity. It is moronic to have a loaded unlocked gun in a home with curious kids!

    Brad said:
    February 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    There is a fundamental lack of training and experience with firearms. There needs to be accountability for the kids and their actions. At what point is a 13 year old blamed for doing something that they know they shouldn’t and that could potentially harm another? Kids as young as 10 have been charged with adult crimes. We need to stop teaching children they have no responsibility and start teaching them basic firearm skills.

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