SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — A five-year-old boy has died after he was shot at a park in Smyrna Monday night.

It happened near the basketball courts at Lee Victory Recreational Park at 7:20 p.m.

The child was pronounced dead after he was taken to TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center.

Lee Victory Park shooting
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Following the preliminary investigation, authorities said it appears the shooting was accidental.

There was a gun recovered at the scene and police believe it was the weapon involved.

The victim was identified by his pastor as LaVonte’e Williams and told News 2 he was just baptized Sunday.

Bishop Dr. Belita McMurry-Fite of Heaven’s View Baptist Church said LaVonte’e would come to church each Sunday and eat chicken nuggets with her grandson, Nate.

“He was the light of the party, if you will. He would always have such a great smile, no matter what he was going through,” Bishop McMurry-Fite said. “He had a warm spirit, he had a hug for everyone. He always made sure he got a hug or two from me each time he saw me.”

Although his life was cut short, she said five years was all LaVonte’e needed to show others his light.

“A young man that just started life, but God had him on assignment. And we all are, some are short, some are longer. But to look at his life and to get something from him, we can see the peace of God. And I can honestly say that I saw that in him each time,” Bishop McMurry-Fite said.

The town of Smyrna released a statement, which reads:

On behalf of the Mayor, Town Council and the citizens of Smyrna, our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the family in this devastating loss. “The death of a child is inconceivable and our hearts are shattered by this tragedy. The Smyrna community extends prayers of comfort and healing for all involved,” stated Mayor Mary Esther Reed. We deeply appreciate the emergency personnel who responded to this tragedy. At this time the investigation is still active.

– Town of Smyrna

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While police believe this was an accidental shooting, the investigation is still ongoing.

A GoFundMe has been established to help LaVonte’e’s family. Click here to learn more.

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