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Greater Clark Co. Schools releases statement on 8-year-old who was fatally shot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Clark County Schools has released a statement about an 8-year-old boy who died after he was shot Saturday night inside of a home in the Shawnee neighborhood.

The boy was a student at Northaven Elementary.

"Greater Clark County Schools is extremely saddened by the death of Andre Lamont O'Neal Jr., a second grade student that attended Northaven Elementary, who died yesterday from a gunshot wound," the statement read. "Northaven Elementary Principal Tonja Brading and School Administrative Manager Leslie Kelley contacted the parents of each student in Andre's class. A mass notification was also sent to all Northaven Elementary parents and staff members. Counselors are available, if needed, to speak with students and staff about their loss. Northaven Elementary Principal Tonja Brading stated, 'Because of our close school community, this death touches everyone at our school. I've encouraged parents to speak with their child about the loss of Andre, so that our counselors can meet with students to offer more support as needed. Our thoughts are with Andre's family at this time."

The statement is signed by Erin Bojorquez, Supervisor of Communications and Public Relations for Greater Clark County Schools.

Andre, Sr., the boy's father, 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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