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26 December 1999

Associated Press

CHALMETTE, Louisiana — A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot Christmas Day by a playmate who received a shotgun as a gift, authorities said. John Hanley apparently stepped in front of his 12-year-old companion as the gun went off and was shot in the head, said Maj. Richard Baumy of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office. He said it was being treated as an accidental shooting and no charges had been filed. Hanley died Saturday night, Charity Hospital spokesman Jerry... (

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