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Man whose gun killed 8-year-old: 'It just slipped right out of my fingers'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say an 8-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night inside of a home in the Shawnee neighborhood.

Family members identified the victim as Andre Lamont O'Neal, Jr. They say he was a student at Northaven Elementary School in Jeffersonville, Ind.

"He was a good little boy. Smart and bright," his father, Andre Lamont O'Neal, Sr., said.

Andre, Sr. says he received a call around 2 a.m. Sunday saying that his son had been taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

"When I went in there, they told me what had happened with my son," Andre, Sr. said. "He had got shot, and they tried to do everything they could do, but there wasn't nothing they could do."

Family members say the child had been dropped off at a babysitter's home on North 34th Street. While there at a gathering with several other kids and adults, police say the 8-year-old was somehow shot.

"We're still in the very early stages of our investigation. We don't know whether this was accidental or what we have," said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.

Elgin Anders admits it was his gun that shot the little boy. He would not say why he had his gun out, but that he was trying to put it away when it accidentally fired.

"I didn't need it in my hand," Anders said. "I came out to the grill. I had barbecue sauce on my fingers. I licked the sauce off my fingers. It just slipped right out of my fingers."

Anders says he panicked and drove Andre, Jr. to the hospital for treatment.

"It was a real shocking moment. We didn't really know what to do, so we took him ourselves. I held him to my chest," Anders said.

Anders says he is a father himself and would never harm a child.

O'Neal's family wants to know why an ambulance wasn't called and whether paramedics could have saved Andre Jr.'s life.

Police say it's unclear if Anders will be charged.

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