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UPDATE | Police say 3-year-old fatally shot himself

Published: Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 10:58 a.m.


Raytwon Briggs

YOUNGSTOWN — Police now believe the 3-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a North Side apartment late Sunday evening shot himself.

Police found three loaded handguns inside the 448 Fairgreen Ave. apartment where Raytwon Briggs was found dead of a gunshot wound to the eye, reports said.

The boy’s grandmother told arriving officers her grandson was playing with a gun when he shot himself. There was at least one other child in the bedroom where the boy died and possibly two, police Chief Rod Foley said today.

Police were called to the apartment at about 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Foley said detectives are collecting more evidence and their findings will be presented to prosecutors to decide what, if any charges should be filed and against who.

He said the death is still being classified as a homicide.

This is a breaking news story. Watch Vindy.com for updates.


1excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years ago

A young life ended abruptly! Did this child have a right to live? Was he a threat to anyone? LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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2peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years ago

The address is one street behind me, same block. Many prayers that justice will be served. R.I.P. little Raytwon.

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3NoBS(2829 comments)posted 3 years ago

A young life ended abruptly! Did this child have a right to live? Was he a threat to anyone? LET'S GET ALL OF THE GANG-BANGERS AND CAREER CRIMINALS OFF THE STREETS!

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4excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years ago

Guns are the biggest threat to life in Youngstown. LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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5Jive_Turkey(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

Last I heard, guns didn't move and operate by themselves. It's the guardian's fault, not the gun's. If you want to reduce the amount of accidents that occur like this, gun owners need to take the extra precaution of locking there firearms in a safe or using a trigger / cable lock. Safes could be expensive but the other two locks are relatively cheap in comparison.

Taking guns off the streets will cause more problems than solutions. Creating new laws isn't the answer; enforcing current ones is.

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6Jive_Turkey(32 comments)posted 3 years ago


As said by our founding fathers:
Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY to purchase a little TEMPORARY SAFETY, deserve neither LIBERTY nor SAFETY.

Your viewpoint is shortsighted. You should think about the ramifications if citizens gave up their right to legally own a firearm. Aside from hunting and fishing, competitive shooting, and self/home defense being directly impacted.. the only people in our country with firearms would be the military and police. The things to follow would be unpleasant, at best.

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7excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years ago

During a time of death by gunfire there is little comfort from a political rehash. Right now I'm sure that the family of the little boy who died wish that they had never seen a gun. LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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8Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years ago


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9YtownParent(1069 comments)posted 3 years ago

There's no way to "get all the guns off the street" anymore than you can keep drugs off the streets. Legal responsible gun ownership is the best policy. The biggest unanswered question is if these guns were legally in the home. They obviously weren't being kept responsibly.

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10USMC0331(152 comments)posted 3 years ago

The boy was being watched by his grandmother. They were in their uncle's room. The parents aren't to blame. They left their children in the care of grandma. The only person to blame is the uncle who is a dope dealer. A terrible incident that could've been avoided. And enough with the "LET'S GET ALL THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS" guns are not committing these crimes.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years ago

As per our US Constitution we ALL have a right to own weapons. Too bad so many people do NOT want any gun restrictions what so ever. It should be legal to own a gun even for felons.(not my opinion, the constitution). The toddler has every right to bare arms without infringement. Remember the Constitution has no age requirement, no felon requirement, no safety requirements.

If someone wants to let their child, grandchild play with a gun, I would guess the NRA would want that. Because we all know the NRA wants NO RESTRICTIONS on guns. By not allowing these toddlers access to weapons is denying the toddlers their Constitutional Rights. The NRA is all for protecting EVERYONE's rights, regardless of age.

This is such a shame read about this young innocent child. he did not deserve this. May he Rest in Peace.

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12excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years ago

Restrictions are not needed nor are the guns. Eliminate the guns and the carnage will be eliminated. LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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13AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years ago


how do you propose to do that?



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