Judiciary says it’s premature to consider that the shot that killed the child was accidental


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According to current legislation, a firearm of any kind must never be loaded and within reach of a third party.
The Judicial Police (PJ) said today that it was “very premature” to classify the shooting of a 13-year-old child on Sunday as accidental.

“Without further examinations, analysis and investigation, it is too premature to say for the moment that it was an accidental shooting,” a source from the Braga PJ told the Lusa news agency.

The same source added that “as the death was caused by a firearm, an autopsy is mandatory”.

“The result of the autopsy could be one of the determining factors in reaching certain conclusions,” he said.

The child died at the family home in S. Martinho de Castro, Ponte da Barca municipality, Viana do Castelo district.

“The circumstances in which the tragic incident occurred are being investigated. It’s a very dramatic situation in family terms and, in that sense, we have to be very cautious,” he said.

The hunting rifle belongs to the child’s 13-year-old grandfather.

“According to current legislation, a firearm, of any kind, can never be loaded and within the reach of third parties. It must be properly stored in its own safe and, even inside the safe, it cannot be loaded with ammunition,” explained the same PJ source.

The incident was reported on Sunday at 11:40. A team of psychologists was called to the scene to support the family, who live in France and are in Portugal on vacation. In addition to the GNR and PJ, the Ponte da Barca Fire Brigade was called to the scene.

13-year-old child dies after grandfather’s shotgun is “accidentally fired” in Ponte da Barca

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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