KAMAS — A 10-year-old boy died on Wednesday evening after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest, Summit County sheriff’s officials said.
The incident happened at a residence located in the Kamas Valley off of state Route 248, Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright confirmed.
Deputies responded to the home at 5:47 p.m. on a report of a child with a gunshot wound to the chest, Wright said.
Despite deputies performing lifesaving efforts, the boy died from his injuries.
Officials said a medical helicopter was called to the scene to transport him to a hospital but the boy died before arriving.
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and details about how the firearm was accessed and discharged were not available as of Wednesday night.
Wright said the incident appeared to be a “tragic accident.” “Our hearts are broken, and we mourn with the family of the little boy,” Wright said in a statement. “We ask for privacy for the family while they grieve this tragic loss.”
The boy’s name was not released on Wednesday.
“Hug your loved ones often, keep them near and tell them you love them,” Wright said.