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15-Year-Old Prentice Little Killed in Accidental Shooting by 14-Year-Old in Birmingham

Nothing we have gathered lead us to believe that this 14-year-old intentionally shot this 15-year-old in cold blood.

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Tragedy struck Birmingham on Sunday morning as a 15-year-old boy, Prentice Lovell Little, was found shot and killed at UAB Hospital.

Police were called to the hospital just before 7:00 AM after reports of a gunshot victim.

The teenager was discovered inside a van and pronounced dead at the hospital. Birmingham Police are currently investigating the incident.

“You have to properly handle firearms. You have to,” emphasized Birmingham Police Officer Truman Fitzgerald during a late afternoon news conference.

Following an investigation, police identified a possible location of the incident in the 9200 Block of Parkway East, between a Walmart and Wells Fargo. Blood was found on the ground, and a handgun was discovered in the bushes.

Five teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, were in a minivan in East Birmingham when one of them, a 14-year-old, fired a gun, accidentally hitting a 15-year-old. The investigation is ongoing to determine how the gun went off. After the incident, the teenagers drove the victim to the hospital.

The 14-year-old is in custody at the Jefferson County Youth Detention Center following consultation with the District Attorney’s office. While the charge is delinquent act, authorities believe this was a tragic accident, not murder.

Nothing we have gathered lead us to believe that this 14-year-old intentionally shot this 15-year-old in cold blood.

The teens were all acquainted.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald addressed the concerning trend, “This case highlights the dangers of juveniles having access to firearms. Mishandling of these weapons can lead to tragedies like this, where a young life, in this case a 15-year-old’s, is lost.”

The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The investigation remains ongoing.