The front yard of the Frazeysburg house was not yet mowed as the yellow police tape encircled it, two bicycles leaning against the front porch.
Jen Miller had just started to cut her backyard at 43 1st St., while her 11-year-old son, Brady Scherer, played inside the house yesterday with his best friend, Lucas Templin.
The noise from the mower drowned out the siren as an ambulance pulled in front of the house, a neighbor said.
Miller had no idea that her son had just called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot Lucas.
The two boys, in little more than the 10 minutes since Miller had started the mower, had found a loaded revolver inside the house.
Lucas, who lived barely a block away — just across the railroad tracks — was pronounced dead at the scene, a single gunshot wound in his chest.
“Jen was a mess,” said next-door neighbor Rose McNemar. “I tried to comfort the little boy. He was shaking and bawling. He had blood on him. He kept saying, ‘Is he OK? He’s going to be OK, Mom?’??”
Lt. Mike Lecocq of the Muskingum County sheriff’s office said that deputies were dispatched just after 3:30 p.m.
“They were best friends,” said Cindy Swartz, Lucas’ grandmother.
“He was a typical 11-year-old boy, riding his bike all over town,” Swartz said of Lucas. “It was always, ‘I’m riding over to Brady’s house.’??”
Lucas, who turned 11 on June 6, served as the best man in his father’s wedding last weekend.
He would have been a fifth-grader at Frazeysburg Elementary School.
The shooting — including who owned the gun and where it was found — remains under investigation, said Sheriff Matt Lutz.
By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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