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Police: Fatal shooting of boy was accidental

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Family photo of 13-year-old Gary Cota Family photo of 13-year-old Gary Cota
Police at the home where the shooting occurred Police at the home where the shooting occurred

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. -- Fort Edward police said the Tuesday night shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy on Keating Avenue was accidental.

Sgt. Derway said the victim, 13-year-old Gary Cota, and his 13-year-old friend were looking at a shotgun in one of the bedrooms in Cota's home when the gun accidentally fired. The young teen was shot once in the head.

Cota's parents spoke out Wednesday afternoon.

"He loved baseball. He was a great kid. He was liked by everybody, everybody loved Gary. If they met him for a second, he was everybodies best friend," Nicole Cota, the victim's mother said.

Cota was one of eight children. His parents said he always watched over and protected them.

Derway said the owner of the gun is a family member of the victim.

He added there appeared to be some sort of locking device on the gun, but he was unsure if it was off. According to the Sergeant, the two boys were the only two people in the room at the time the weapon fired.

"It is believed that they were both in the room and that there was some level of curiosity involved," Sgt. Derway says, "but again where still trying to piece what led the gun to be discharged."

Grief counselors will be on hand at schools in the Fort Edward Union Free district Wednesday, where Gary was in eighth grade.

Police said this is the second accidental shooting the Village has experienced in the past year.

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