Boy, 12, accidentally shoots himself dead with a gun brought by a friend to a ...

Boy, 12, accidentally shoots himself dead with a gun brought by a friend to a ...
Boy, 12, accidentally shoots himself dead with a gun brought by a friend to a ...
Boy, 12, accidentally shoots himself dead with a gun brought by a friend to a sleepover in San Diego Max Mendoza was hosting friends at his family home in the suburb of Chula Vista On Saturday morning, his family heard a shot and ran to find him bleeding  Mendoza, who was described as 'charming and funny', later died in hospital  A 15-year-old boy brought the gun to the sleepover, according to police Investigations into how he obtained the gun and who it belongs to are ongoing  The boy was questioned and later released to his family

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A 12-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself at a sleepover with a gun brought by a friend.

Max Mendoza was hosting friends for a sleepover at his family home in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista when the incident happened Saturday morning.

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Police said a 15-year-old brought the gun to the sleepover, but how the boy obtained the weapon and who it belongs to is still under investigation, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. 

Investigators spoke with the teenager, who was later released to his family.

Family told the Union-Tribune that they heard a gunshot and ran to discover Mendoza bleeding.

He was carried outside and rushed to hospital, where he died.

The boy's mother, Aida Mendoza, told the paper that she held him in her arms and told him she loved him as he said 'Mom' over and over.  

'I miss him,' she said on Sunday. 'He had a great heart — and a big heart.'  

A 12-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself at a sleepover with a gun brought by a friend. Max Mendoza (pictured) was hosting friends for a sleepover at his family home in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista when the incident happened Saturday morning

A 12-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself at a sleepover with a gun brought by a friend. Max Mendoza (pictured) was hosting

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