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March 14, 2014

Accidental shooting claims life of Greensburg teen

GREENSBURG – A Greensburg boy died Tuesday as a result of a shooting at his home on North Carver Street.

Following notification of family members, Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks confirmed that Craig A. Roberts, 13, of 1031 North Carver Street, died Tuesday from a gunshot wound sustained at his residence.

Greensburg Police were dispatched to the scene of a shooting at the home at approximately 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, Greensburg Police Detective Bill Meyerrose said. The victim was pronounced dead at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

The GPD issued a press release Wednesday stating the victim died as a result of a single gunshot wound fired accidentally by a sibling. The firearm was left out in preparation for cleaning, the release said.

“This serves as a reminder that all firearms should be treated as if they are loaded, and that firearms should be stored and locked away from children who might be curious about a firearm,” Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen said via the press release.

Meyerrose said the weapon involved in the shooting was a Colt M4, a military-style assault rifle. Such a weapon is legal to own in the state of Indiana and does not have to be registered, the detective said. Police declined to comment on whether or not charges would be filed in the case.

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Thursday morning in Marion County.

Meyerrose said Tuesday that crime scene technicians with the Indiana State Police assisted at the scene. Further assistance came from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Greensburg Fire Department, Decatur County Coroner, Decatur County EMS, the Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Child Services.

The tragic shooting, the second in as many weeks, led Greensburg Community Schools administrators to again enact the school’s crisis management policy. Greensburg Junior High School principal Matt Clifford said school administrators, counselors and clergy met early Wednesday to discuss the situation prior to the start of school. A later meeting briefed teachers on the situation.

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