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Coronavirus prepper shoots dead boy, 13, with gun he ‘got to ride out pandemic’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 22/03/2020 George Morahan
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A coronavirus prepper accidentally killed his 13-year-old cousin with a shotgun he retrieved to ride out the pandemic, police in the US have said.

Anthony Padilla, 19, was charged with murder for the death of Patricio Arroyo in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday.

Padilla told police he was bringing the shotgun home for protection ‘due to the coronavirus that was going around’, when he pulled the trigger and shot his cousin. He said he did not think the gun was loaded.

a car parked on a city street: Anthony Padilla was arrested for the death of his cousin in Albequerque. © Provided by Extra.ie Anthony Padilla was arrested for the death of his cousin in Albequerque.

Police responding to the scene found Padilla holding Arroyo in his lap in a van outside the home as Arroyo’s brother applied pressure to the wound, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Albequerque Journal.

Police said Arroyo was shot in the torso and had no pulse when they arrived. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

a person walking down a street: He got the shotgun to ‘ride out the pandemic’. Pic: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Extra.ie He got the shotgun to ‘ride out the pandemic’. Pic: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

Family members who witnessed the incident told officers that Padilla walked out of a bedroom with a shotgun he had been storing.

Arroyo’s brother said Padilla ‘racked’ a round into the changer, aimed it at the teen and shot him. He said he believed Padilla was just ‘joking around’ before the gun went off.

All of the family members who spoke with authorities said they thought the shooting was accidental.

Padilla told authorities he had been storing the gun in secret for a month at his aunt and uncle’s house because his mother did not allow guns in her house.

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