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Neighbor: Gunshot victim is 'a good kid'

Krista Hostetler

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Neighbor: Gunshot victim is 'a good kid'

CREATED Aug. 10, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The 10-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head Thursday, at a home in North Las Vegas, is still in critical but stable condition.

Many questions remain unanswered surrounding the situation: Why was the boy left alone? How did he get access to a gun?

One neighbor, Charles Dominique, spoke with Action News on what he heard during the incident and what the little boy is like.

"He was very friendly and he was always a happy little boy. I was really saddened to hear the news," said Dominique.

The young boy suffered a serious gunshot wound to his head; police believe he may have shot himself with a handgun. It's unclear whether it was accidental.

"But then again, when I heard it was a gunshot wound I was pretty shocked," expressed Dominique, who was outside when the incident happened. "I was working on my boat out in the front yard and I had the engine running and I heard it backfire and said that doesn't sound much like my motor. And then come to find out some time later that it was a gunshot."

Police said the boy was left alone, with a three-year-old, when the incident happened.

"One of the main questions investigators are really going to be looking at is, what were the conditions of the home at the time, how did a child get access to a weapon if that is the case," said Chrissie Coon, North Las Vegas Police Department.

Speculation around the neighborhood is the boy was playing with the gun and it went off, "That's my opinion but then again, how can I say for sure? That's the story around the neighborhood anyway."

The boy's mother came home, found her son injured and called 911.

But with many unanswered questions still lingering, the main focus seems to be the same - hope - for the young boy.

"I hope he does well. I hope he pulls through and there's no after-effects. He's a good kid," said Dominique.

Police arrested the child's mother on unrelated misdemeanor warrants. She has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

Child Protective Services took custody of the three-year-old, who was there at the time, and an older teenage brother who was not home when the shooting happened.

CPS is not commenting on whether they've been called to this home before.