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Gardena boy, 12, shot in head in apparent accident at home

October 14, 2009 |  9:54 pm
A 12-year-old was shot in the head this evening in an apparent accident at his home, police said.

The boy, who suffered a single gunshot wound, was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His condition was not disclosed, the Gardena Police Department said.

A 14-year-old cousin was serving as the sitter for the boy and two younger siblings when the shooting occurred in the 14600 block of South Berendo Avenue about 5:45 p.m., police said.

When officers arrived, the boy was in an upstairs bedroom. Officers began administering CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. Police did not disclose how the boy was shot, other than to say that it appeared to have been an accident.

-- Robert J. Lopez