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Fort Valley police: No one hurt when minors accidentally discharge gun

Authorities are investigating the accidental discharge of a firearm Wednesday afternoon at a Fort Valley apartment in which two minors were home alone and handling a weapon, police said.

No one was hurt when the gun discharged at the Valley Pines Apartments, but a bullet went through the walls of an apartment bedroom they were in, through a neighboring apartment and then into the next apartment, Fort Valley police Lt. Willie Marshall said.

No one was inside the other apartments on Brooks Boulevard when the incident occurred sometime between noon and 1 p.m., Marshall said.

According to a police incident report, one of the minors told police the two were handling the gun when it jammed and then discharged. The minor said they discarded the firearm somewhere off of Julius Simmons Avenue in Fort Valley but could not remember where. Police could not find the gun.

One of the residents of the apartment complex heard the gunshot but did not think anything about it until later when she went into her son's bedroom, the report said. She saw bullet holes in her son's closest and notified the apartment manager, who contacted police.

Noting that the case involves minors and is under investigation, authorities declined to release additional information.

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