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  • A 12-year-old boy is not expected to survive after apparently shooting himself in the head in a bedroom of his Yonkers home[hhmc]

  • Police say the boy and a younger neighbor were home alone at the time; they were in separate rooms, though[hhmc]

  • At this point, it appears the 12-year-old somehow got ahold of the gun and fired twice; one bullet hit the window and the other hit his head[hhmc]

A 12-year-old Westchester County boy apparently shot himself in the head by accident in a bedroom of his family's house while he was home alone with a young neighbor late Sunday, police say. He's not expected to survive.

Yonkers police said Monday they responded to a 911 call at a Nepperhan Avenue apartment minutes before midnight and found the 12-year-old boy on the bedroom floor; he was bleeding from the head.

A preliminary investigation indicates the boy was home alone with a younger neighbor; they were in separate rooms. At some point, the boy somehow got ahold of a loaded handgun and fired twice in the bedroom. One bullet hit a window and the other struck the boy in the head, Yonkers police say.

Family members found him a short time later and called 911. The boy was taken to a hospital in grave condition and police say he's not expected to make it.

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