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Police say gun is missing, preteen dead after shooting incident

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PEORIA (HOI) -- A preteen boy is dead on West Seibold on Peoria's Southside, it was unclear whether it was self inflicted, accidental, or a homicide.

"It's a tragedy. It's a tragedy on so many levels because the gravity of this is so much heavier than what people can imagine," said Harwood.

Police said the preteen boy was found shot in an upstairs bedroom of his home, with his mother and siblings also inside.

Neighbors told 25 News they heard a woman screaming and crying around the time of the shooting.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Peoria County Coroner, Jamie Harwood, said he was heartbroken, after shootings late Tuesday into Wednesday took two young lives.

"The two lives that were lost in less than 12 hours apart from each other and the finality of their ages there's nothing more and there's nothing more, and that's what's extremely hard," said Harwood.

It was unclear though, if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and police said they had not found the gun.

Harwood said these two recent deaths were a biproduct of ongoing issues on the city's southside.

"Homicides, suicides, drug overdoses and infant deaths, all four of these are probably the four worst things that could happen to a family. and all four of these things in the highest statistic is in the 61603,04 and 05 zip codes," said Harwood.

The Peoria Police Criminal Investigation Division was working the case, but they had not said if the investigation was a homicide.

Paige Blanzy

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