GREENSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – Greensburg police say it was a younger sibling who accidentally shot and killed 13-year-old Craig Roberts.
The shooting happened early Tuesday evening inside the family home in the 1000 block of North Carver. Police say the boy’s stepdad was getting ready to clean a gun when he stepped out of the room. That’s when the sibling picked up the weapon and fired it.
One of the neighborhood kids was over at the time playing on the back deck of the house.
“When she rode her bike home she called and screamed, ‘Call 911, call 911. Someone’s been shot,’” said Greensburg mom, Marie Black.
On Wednesday, grief counselors gathered at the Junior High to help students and teachers deal with the loss.
“It’s a tough day. People holding up well but it’s just a challenging day for everybody,” said School Resource Officer Bruce Coppel.
The counselors had been at the school just a few weeks ago. On Feb. 25, another Junior High student, Tyler Hall, was shot and killed by his father who then took his own life. Now the school community finds itself dealing with a second student death.
“Craig was an honor student. In fact last night we inducted our 8th grade honor students in the National Honor Society for junior high and he was to be inducted,” said Coppel.
The accidental shooting has neighbors feeling upset and angry.
“No gun should be left around where a kid can get a hold of it,” said neighbor Shelby Bockover.
Marie Black says it will take some time for her and her daughter to deal with Craig’s death.
“Now I’m afraid for her to ride her bike or go anywhere now. It’s going to take a while for me to get over it. She’s a very lucky little girl and she knows it,” said Black.
Police say the tragic death highlights the importance of checking and re-checking weapons at home to make sure they are not loaded.