NMBPD: 11-year-old accidentally shot and killed by friend

Emergency responders were called to a home in North Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon.

The Horry County Coroners Office says 11-year-old Matthew Bellamy of North Myrtle Beach died Friday afternoon after being shot in the chest.

The shooting happened around 4:20pm at a home on 9th Avenue South.

North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety spokesperson Nicole Aiello says Bellamy was with a friend, who is close in age, at that friend's home. The boys found a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle lying on a bed. Bellamy's friend picked it up, and it went off. Bellamy, who was standing just a few feet away, was hit in the chest.

He was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he died about 5pm.

Aiello says right now the shooting is being treated as accidental, and no charges are expected to be filed.

The friend's mother was home at the time of the shooting.

O fficials say the rifle had been left out after the family came home from a hunting outing earlier.

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