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Man accidentally shot, dies in Prince George’s County after people were playing with a gun

A Prince George’s man was killed when a rifle accidentally went off as the group he was with played with the gun in a Brandywine home Thursday, authorities say.

The incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m., when police were called to a home in the 18700 block of Croom Road for a report of a shooting. When police arrived and entered the home, they found Errick Lamar Pratt, 23, dead with a gunshot wound to the head, Prince George’s police spokeswoman Julie Parker said.

“The preliminary investigation tells us that there was a group of five people — three men and two women — hanging out at the home and playing with a gun and the gun went off,” Parker said.

Parker added that the “fatal apparent accidental shooting” is “fairly unusual” and no charges will likely be filed in the incident.

“There’s nothing to indicate that this was anything other than a tragic accident,” Parker said.

Pratt and the person who fired the shot were both visiting the homeowner, Parker said, and the person who mistakenly fired is fully cooperating with investigators.

“Why they were playing with this gun, we can’t say,” Parker said. “But it’s obviously something that one shouldn’t do.”

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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