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Boy killed by gun-play

  June 15, 2007

Thomas County -- Kids and guns are a dangerous combination. For the third time in less than three weeks, a south Georgia child is accidentally shot, but this time the little boy did not survive.

Six-year old Elrui  Jacob was playing with an 11-year old neighbor on Lower Boston Road in Thomas County Thursday. No adults were home, and the boys were playing with a .22-rifle that belonged to the older boy's father.

Elrui was shot and rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His uncle says the family, most of whom all live in the neighborhood, are pulling together for support.  "Pretty good kid, good kid. Never got in trouble a day. Pretty good in school too.. I don't know," said Juan Jacob.  

No charges have been filed. Investigators believe it was an accident, but they are still investigating.  

Two weeks ago, an Albany teenager was shot in the face by a friend who was playing with a gun.

A week before that, a 3-year-old in Moultrie found a gun and shot himself in the stomach. They're both okay.