Teen dies in Pearl River County after gun discharged inside home

Law enforcement officials are reminding residents about the importance of gun safety after a 13-year-old was shot and killed Friday in Picayune.

Ashton Bean of Carriere died after a gun was fired in a home in the Tin Hill subdivision. As of now, the police have not released where the child found the gun.

While children taking weapons from home is rare, it still happens. Earlier this month, a Harrison Central student brought a loaded gun to school.

News 25 spoke with Jackson County Chief Deputy John Ledbetter to discuss ways to keep guns safe and away from children.

Ledbetter says some tips to keep your weapons safe are to keep ammunition and guns stored separately, keep the weapons locked in a safe, and place them in hidden spaces that are hard to find. “It’s always a tragedy when a child gets a hold of a firearm and is harmed or harms someone else with that firearm which just shows the importance of gun safety and safe gun storage.”

The Picayune shooting is still under investigation.

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