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An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy’s head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather’s house when he asked to see his uncle’s gun collection, according to a police report. The uncle, 34-year-old Chad Olm, let his son and Hunter handle three handguns but told police he had no worries because he doesn’t leave his guns loaded.
The fatal moment came when Olm pulled out his Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun with a laser sight—which had no magazine in it, but Olm didn’t think to check or clear it, thePocono Record reports. He pointed the laser around the room, then at Hunter. “Look, you have a red dot on your forehead,” one of the boys said. When his nephew reached for the gun, Olm pulled the trigger, striking him above the eye and causing him to fall over. “It’s horribly tragic,” said a police lieutenant. “The family is devastated.” Police arrested Olm on charges including criminal homicide, and he’s being held behind bars in lieu of bail.