Deputies: Teen shot, shooters father left gun with kids intentionally

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WICKENBURG, Ariz. -- A 13-year-old boy died after being shot in Wickenburg Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

In an email to 3TV, Officer Christopher Hegstrom stated that the boy had been shot by a friend around 7 p.m. He was then flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he died Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio told 3TV the father of the shooter had left the gun with the kids intentionally.

According to Arpaio, the father needed to do some shopping, so he left his 13-year-old son and his son’s 13-year-old friend home alone. A 10-year-old not involved in the shooting was also left at the house.

Apparently, according to Arpaio, the dad had been worried about the family's safety so he left the gun with the kids thinking they would be able to protect themselves.

While the father was gone his son accidentally shot his friend, Brady Baker, in the head.

Although the sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting as an accident, Arpaio said criminal charges could be coming for the father.

Brady attended Vulture Peak Middle School. Principal Marcia Hespen sent the following statement to 3TV:

"Our district has been deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy. Brady had a great energy about him, described as a fun loving, affectionate young man. Brady was well liked with many friends and had a contagious sense of humor. Brady represented what people identify with in a small community and district, a caring young man who took time to enjoy others and life.

"We mourn this tragic event for all involved."