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Gun owner cleared in shooting of boy

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The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office has cleared a gun owner of any wrongdoing in Monday's shooting of a 12-year-old boy in South Jordan.

However, prosecutors Wednesday also announced they continue to investigate whether criminal charges are justified against a 14-year-old boy who allegedly fired the single shot that struck the unnamed boy in the head, district attorney spokesman Kent Morgan said. The boy, whose name has not been released by law enforcement officials, died from injuries.

Monday afternoon, two boys were in the garage of a house near 9500 South and 1100 West when they came across the .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, police said.

Neither boy lived at the house, but both lived in the neighborhood, police said. The shooting apparently was accidental.

"It appears the children learned of the location of the gun from a source other than the gun owner," said Morgan, who said the owner would have been charged with reckless endangerment if he had told children about the gun.

The gun was in the owner's vehicle that was parked at the house. Morgan said that is legal according to Utah weapon's statute.