Hopkinsville teen dies in accidental shooting

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – According to Christian County Deputy Coroner Mike Stokes, a Hopkinsville High School freshman football player is dead after an accidental shooting.

Police said they were called to Beaumont Court in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said when they arrived, they found 14-year-old Elijah “EJ” Austin dead from a gunshot wound.

Officers told News 2 that Austin was playing video games at a relative’s home when the shooting occurred.

While the investigation is still ongoing, investigators said the shooting appears to be accidental.

An autopsy will be performed in Louisville and the final report is not expected to be complete for a month.

Austin played quarterback for the Hopkinsville High School freshman football team. His teammates will wear No. 11 decals on their helmets for the rest of the season.

As an eighth grader, he was already receiving scholarship offers from colleges in both football and baseball.

Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks released a statement Sunday.

Please lift up in prayer the family of EJ Austin. He was a 15 year old student athlete at HHS. He lost his life yesterday in an accidental shooting.

His family and friends will need our prayers and support during this challenging time. We are one community. When one of us is hurting, all of us are hurting. Praying.”

Counselors will be on hand at Hopkinsville High School on Oct. 16 when students return to class after fall break to to help those who may be affected by his death.

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