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Report: Boy, 6, accidentally shoots, kills grandfather

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A man is dead after his 6-year-old grandson accidentally pulled the trigger of his uncle's unattended rifle, reports CBS Miami.

Juan Manuel Martinez Jr., the 6-year-old's uncle, was having a barbecue with his father Juan Martinez Sr. on May 25. The two, along with a friend who was visiting, were drinking beer and snorting cocaine while socializing, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by the station.

During that time, Martinez Jr., 28, reportedly went to his room and retrieved an assault rifle to show his friend. The loaded rifle was then placed on a table near the barbecue, according to the station.

The 6-year-old later grabbed the rifle and pulled the trigger, striking the grandfather in the chest.

He was transported to Kendall Regional Trauma Center where he died of his injuries.

Martinez Jr. told officers that the shooting was an accident, according to the affidavit, but he was arrested for culpable negligence.