A 15-year-old boy has allegedly shot to dead a 12-year-old boy, Timilehin Oguntoye, while playing with a loaded dane gun at Akiriboto village in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State.
The incident, according to sources, has thrown the village into confusion while the family of the deceased boy had threatened to retaliate the death but for the intervention of the Police in the area.
It was gathered that the boy who was playing with his father’s gun at his family compound alongside some of his friends, shot the deceased boy unknowingly and ran away when it was discovered that the boy was dead.
The case was immediately reported to the Police and efforts by the Police to arrest the suspected killer proved abortive as he fled from the village to an unknown destination.
It was also gathered that the deceased was rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, OAUTH, Ile-Ife shortly after he was shot but died before he got to the hospital.
Our correspondent was informed that the bullet hit the deceased on the head.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the state Police Command, Mrs Folashade Odoro, who confirmed the incident, said the Police were on the trail of the suspected killer and vowed that he would not go unpunished.
She said the Police got wind of the ugly incident shortly after it happened and swung into action, but was unable to locate the suspected killer as he took to his heels immediately he committed the offence.
She assured that the Police wll do everything possible to ensure that the suspect was brought to book in no distant time, stressing that officers of the state Police command were already on the trail of the suspect.