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Child shot and killed in Mountain Village

Elyssa Loughlin

A child was shot and killed in Mountain Village on July 30.

According to Alaska State Troopers, they were contacted by Mountain Village tribal police and village police officers about the dead child early on July 30.

Two children were playing with Nerf guns when one picked up a loaded rifle and shot the other, according to the troopers.

Alaska State Trooper spokesperson, John Dougherty, stated in an email that no criminal charges will be filed, and the incident is still under investigation.

The child’s body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Francisco Martínezcuello was the KYUK News Reporting Fellow from November 2022 through January 2024. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.