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6-year-old boy's shooting death was an accident, coroner says

Roy Summers died Sunday after he was shot in the 1200 block of East Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins on Sunday.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Larimer County coroner ruled on Tuesday that the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy inside a Fort Collins home on Sunday was an accident.

According to Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS), authorities responded to a call from a home in the 1200 block of East Lincoln Avenue on Sunday at 6:22 p.m. The caller reported that a child in the home had just shot himself, FCPS said. 

FCPS said that when officers and medical crews arrived they found a 6-year-old boy who had injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, FCPS said. 

FCPS said preliminary findings indicated the shooting may have been accidental. The coroner confirmed that information following an autopsy. His cause of death was a gunshot wound, the coroner's office said.

The boy was identified as Roy Summers of Fort Collins.

"Tragic events like this have a lasting impact on everyone involved, including family, friends, and first responders. Words cannot begin to express the depth of our condolences for this devastating loss of a young life," Chief Jeff Swoboda said in the press release.

"We will provide an update at the conclusion of the investigation. In the meantime, please keep everyone who's grieving in your thoughts and prayers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Schuh at 970-416-8043.  

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