No charges filed in shooting death of 8-year-old in East Price Hill

Police: Shooting was accidental

CINCINNATI -- Charges will not be filed in the case of an 8-year-old boy who police say was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother in East Price Hill Saturday.

Authorities said Sammy Lorenzo was shot in the chest at a home in the 600 block of Lasalle Avenue at about 4 p.m.

Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Julie Wilson said officials have reviewed the case and did not see any need for charges to be filed. Wilson said if any new information were to come out about the shooting, the prosecutor's office would review the case again.

When emergency crews found the 8-year-old Saturday, they said he was on his back in the kitchen.

"He was conscious and alert at that time, (but then) he started going in and out of consciousness," Cincinnati Police Sgt. Jim Perkins said.

Medics took Lorenzo to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He was pronounced dead after being rushed into emergency surgery.

Lorenzo and two of his brothers, 9 and 10, were visiting with their 19-year-old uncle at the time of the shooting, according to Perkins.

One of the brothers found the loaded firearm and fired the fatal shot, Perkins said.

Additional details about the shooting were not released but authorities said they're treating the matter as an "accidental shooting" involving a handgun.

The 19-year-old was taken to District 3 headquarters for questioning. He does not speak English so there was an initial language barrier, Perkins said.

Through the assistance of an interpreter, officers were able to determine the man was not in the room with the boys when the gun was fired.

Perkins said officers also spoke with both children to get more information.

Even though the shooting is considered an accident, the case was initially labeled a homicide in accordance with protocol, Perkins said.

WCPO's Amy Wadas contributed to this report

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