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Teenage sitter supervising when 12-year-old shot, killed in Coward; no charges expected

Mason Powell. (Source: GoFundMe.com, used with permission) Mason Powell. (Source: GoFundMe.com, used with permission)
Authorities were on the scene of an accidental shooting in Florence County. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Authorities were on the scene of an accidental shooting in Florence County. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – On Tuesday, 12-year-old Mason Powell was killed and a 7-year-old was injured from a single gunshot fired by an 11-year-old resident of a Coward home while they were being supervised by a 15-year-old sitter, according to new details released Friday by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

The 11-year-old gained access to a handgun and accidentally discharged it with a single round that struck both victims, according to an FCSO news release.

Florence County investigators have completed the investigation into the fatal shooting that occurred at about 5 p.m. on in Coward on Tuesday, August 2, the release states. Investigators concluded that no foul play was involved, and following an “extensive consultation” with all parties, no criminal charges are anticipated at this time.

A visitation for Mason Powell, the 12-year-old killed, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 5 at the Carolina Funeral Home at 215 E. Highway 378 Bypass, and a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6 at The Bible Temple, at 195 Gause Canal Road. Details on these services can be found here.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses for Powell. Donations can be made here.

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