The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said charges won't be filed after a 12-year-old boy was shot by a 13-year-old in eastern McDuffie County Monday morning.
Special Agent Pat Morgan said the investigation is still ongoing and authorities would talk to the district attorney, but it doesn't appear anyone will be held liable for the death of Michael Dingus, who was shot and killed near the 1400 block of Jean Road.
Morgan said McDuffie County dispatch received a call at about 9:20 a.m. and authorities with McDuffie and Columbia counties, and the Georgia State patrol responded to the scene on the 1400 block of Jean Road. McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack said Dingus was pronounced dead at 10:23 a.m. at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
"It appears that two juveniles were away from the home down near a pond and one of them was shot," Morgan said shortly after the incident occurred.
Morgan later said the other boy, who is 13, shot Dingus in the chest with some sort of rifle. Authorities are still trying to determine if the shooting was accidental. Morgan said more details would be released following an autopsy at the GBI crime lab in Augusta Tuesday afternoon.
Morgan said officers arriving at the scene intercepted the vehicle with the victim in it at the intersection of Jean Road and Smith Crawford Road. The GBI was later called to the scene to take over the investigation.
Both Dingus and the 13-year-old, whose name had not been released, were students at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School. Principal Neal Tam said the faculty was "grieving with the families" of both boys.