Teen won’t be charged in accidental shooting death of friend

WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 14-year-old best friend Tuesday in what the boy’s father is calling a tragic accident.

Tyin Caldwell’s father says the boys were playing with a gun inside an apartment on Downing Street Northeast Tuesday night just before 7:30 p.m. The father and the other boy’s mother were talking outside the apartment and rushed in to help.

While the boy was conscious when police arrived he later died at a hospital.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that this is an accidental shooting,” said D.C. Police Commander George Kucik.

As a result, the 14-year-old has not been charged. But Kucik says the owner of the gun could still face charges and the investigation is ongoing.

WTOP’s Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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