By Renée Santos

AUBURN (CBS13) — A man is under arrest after a teenager apparently got ahold of his gun and accidentally shot and killed himself.

Auburn police say officers responded to the 1000 block of Redhawk Lane Tuesday night and found that a 14-year-old boy had been shot. Medics quickly went to work, but the boy was soon pronounced dead.

“It’s still kind of raw,” said Nate Bragg, a neighbor.

Investigators say 23-year-old Malik Hughes, who periodically stayed at the boy’s home, didn’t properly lock up his gun. The boy was handling the gun while with his younger brother and friend when the accidental shooting took place.

Bragg, a friend of the young boy’s family, says he was a good neighborhood kid, telling CBS13 he was always outside riding his skateboard hanging out with other kids. He hopes the boy’s family finds hope in knowing his neighbors cared for him.

As far as the family goes, I’ll continue to pray for them,” Bragg said.

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No one else was apparently hurt in the shooting.

Hughes has been arrested and was booked into Placer County Jail. He’s facing charges related to criminal storage of a firearm, police say, and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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