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Boy, 6, shot in house while apparently playing with relative

Exterior house 1700 block  W. Steuben where six year-old child was reportedly shot by accident Sunday Nov. 13 2011

Exterior of a house on the 1700 block of W. Steuben where a six year-old child was reportedly shot by accident Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Chicago | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 15, 2011 9:57AM

A visit to his grandfather’s house turned into a possible life-threatening situation for a 6-year-old Sunday morning in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

Marshown Means was allegedly playing “cops and robbers” when his 13-year-old uncle accidentally shot him in his chest in the home in the 1700 block of West Steuben, said an adult uncle, Jerome Triplett, who talked to the victim’s mother about the shooting.

But Triplett also said Marshown told him the two were not playing a game. He said the teen told him, “I hate you” before firing a shot.

The shooting happened about 9:55 a.m., said police, who did not provide details. The state Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of neglect. The agency had contact with the family in 2005 because of an abuse allegation.

The two boys were playing when they found a relative’s gun and it went off, said Triplett, who added the teen is “a nice kid.”

The bullet went through Marshown’s diaphragm and nicked his liver, said Triplett, outside a local hospital. He was in serious condition after surgery.

Relatives did not know how the boys found the gun. The boy’s mother, Nalena Triplett, who was not at the scene, found out about the incident during a phone call from her brother, who allegedly fired the shot, said Andrew Holmes, director of No Guns No Violence, who was with the family at the hospital. “He told her ‘I’m sorry I shot your son. Don’t be mad’,” Holmes said.

Jerome Triplett said Marshown, who has sickle-cell anemia, likes to sing and rap.

Police questioned the grandfather, the teen and a woman, who was the only adult in the house during the shooting.

Contributing: Tina Sfondeles

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