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10-year-old boy accidentally shot to death at home in Akron's North Hill neighborhood, police say

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Mar 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 16:00:37-04

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the accidental shooting death of an 10-year-old boy inside a home on Dayton Street in the city's North Hill neighborhood Thursday, according to Lt. Michael Miller.

Officers responded just before 5 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Dayton Street where they found an 10-year-old boy upstairs in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head.

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The scene outside a home where an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot to death Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Miller said another child picked up an unsecured gun and accidentally shot the 10-year-old boy.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as Kismet Sengdan, was pronounced dead at 5:36 p.m.

A spokesperson for Akron Public Schools confirmed Kismet was a 4th-grader at Harris Jackson CLC in North Hill.

Akron Public Schools released the following statement to its faculty and staff Friday regarding Kismet's death:

"It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the loss of one of our students who attended Harris Jackson CLC, Kismet Sengdan. He was 10 years old and in fourth grade.
Every student contributes in no small measure to the community we create together at Akron Public Schools. The loss of any student, particularly in so tragic and senseless a manner, grievously wounds us all. We know that you join us in conveying our condolences to Kismet's family, and to the faculty, staff, and classmates at Harris-Jackson. We offer them any assistance the district can provide. Our counseling teams are available to anyone who wishes to talk with them about this tragic event.
Our entire staff joins us in expressing our deepest sympathies to everyone who loved Kismet and everyone he loved."

Police said Kismet was the only person inside the home when they arrived, but officers did locate and question multiple individuals, including at least three other juveniles who were seen leaving the home prior to their arrival.

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The scene outside a home where an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot to death Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Police said they are working to figure out who owns the gun, with possible charges being sought against the gun owner.

It's believed Kismet didn't live at the home, but was a relative or close friend of the people who did live there.

The department said the investigation is in the early stages and the detectives are working to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.

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