11-Year-Old Killed In Shooting In Frazeysburg

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A 11-year-old was shot and killed in Frazeysburg on Tuesday afternoon on West 1st Street.

Family identified the victim as Lucas Templin.  They said he was at a friend's house when he was shot.

Lucas Templin's bicycle still leans against the porch of his best friend's home.

"He just had a birthday. He's been wanting a bike forever ever and he finally got it," said Templin's grandmother Cindy Swartz.

It was a summer day like any other for the 11-year-olds.  Templin had just come home from his grandmother's and headed down the street to this familiar house.

"If he's not up here then he's down at his house.  That's how good of friends they was.  Just play, play, then this happens," said Swartz.

The other boy's mother was out mowing the lawn.  The kids were inside playing.  Then suddenly, a single gunshot ended Templin's life.

"I'm numb, just numb," said Swartz.

Swartz chokes up about the little boy she describes as happy go lucky and talks about the devastation her daughter, Templin's mother, is feeling.

"She come screaming out, down the road," said Swartz.

Family believes this was purely an accident. 

The Muskingum County Sheriff says it looks like the other boy pulled the trigger but they're still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

"Nobody knows what, when, why, where, how, they was just playing," said Swartz.

"You can't protect them all the time, just love them, love them, because you never know when you won't have them again," said aunt Sandy Swartz.

The sheriff's office says the gun was a revolver and it was from the home where the shooting happened. 

The sheriff says it's too early to know if any charges will be filed.

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