Tragic Accident: Boy, 12, Shot Friend At Rifle Range

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Boy, 12, filmed accidentally shooting dead mum's friend at rifle range

The horrific moment a 12-year-old boy accidentally shoots dead his mother's friend has been caught on camera.

The child was playing with a rifle, not knowing it was loaded, when it went off and killed the man as he wandered down a shooting range in Russia.

The tragedy took place at a shooting club in the suburbs of Moscow, according to LiveLeak.

CCTV footage shows the child's mother and a male friend, who had just been firing a rifle, wander down the range to inspect the target they had been aiming at.

The boy sat down at a table and started handling the gun, overseen by a female instructor. The instructor pulled out her camera phone and offered to photograph him while he pretended to fire the rifle.

The boy, apparently unaware that the gun was loaded, picked it up and pulled the trigger. A shot rang out, and then the man dropped to the ground, as can be seen in the video.

When police were called to the scene, they determined that the victim had died instantly.

The boy is not expected to face any official action, as he was only playing around and could not have known that the gun was in fact loaded.

However, the instructor could face charges for allowing the boy to play with the rifle, according to LiveLeak.

The incident, which is believed to have taken place on Sunday, was initially reported by Life News, the website of Russian tabloid Tvoi Den.

You can see the footage of the shooting here, but please be aware some readers may find it upsetting.

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